Lunch and Learn
December 04, 2011 | Apple Delight
By Blake Weaver
I imagine that most of you are familiar with the term “Lunch & Learn” or “Learn at Lunch.” It’s a pretty simple concept, really. Reh notes that, “There never seems to be enough time during the day to get everything done. You can't spare people to go to training because there is so much work to be done, but you also can't neglect their training and development. Learn at Lunch is a way to get more training done by making the lunch hour multi-tasking (1)." Therefore, this concept really encompasses the idea of teaching and learning while sharing lunch together.
In this edition of the CORE, I want to introduce you to Ben Hale. Ben was the first graduate of the International Community School of Singapore. This NICS School began in 1993, and the school now has over 420 students. Ben was the only student in his class during his senior year.
I asked Ben a few questions about his experience as a student. Ben states:
One of my fondest memories of ICS Singapore was lunch. We did not have a cafeteria at that time, so Mr. Sapp would take our order everyday and walk to the local Hawker Center to get us lunch, which was usually duck rice. Looking back now I am amazed that he was willing to do this for us every day. He sat with us in front of the school building on Faber Mountain Rd. and ate and talked with us. This really impacted me.
Furthermore, I asked Ben to elaborate on the impact that his teachers had on his life. He describes:
We didn't have a lot in the early days of the school, but that really didn't matter. I knew that my teachers cared about me and wanted the best for me. I can clearly remember that my teachers looked past my faults and saw my potential. It is easier to see this more clearly now. Teachers are what make a school impactful, not a school building. My teachers in Singapore definitely were that for me, and now I hope that I can make an impact on the students that I work with everyday.
Ben is now married, and he has two young children. He and his family reside in Seoul, South Korea. Furthermore, Ben and his wife, Jessica, are now in their 10th year of service at the Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS), which is currently the largest NICS School. He serves as the Director of Human Resources at the school. Ben’s passion “is to see high school kids on fire for God and become leaders in our school community and beyond.”
Ben and his teacher, Mr. Sapp, certainly engaged in a daily “Lunch and Learn” session many years ago. While neither of them probably realized it at the time, important life skills were being communicated from teacher to student during this time. In fact, the student became passionate about the role of the teacher. Yes, the duck rice was a key part of the lunch time back then; however, it was the love, servant hood, and care that Ben’s teacher expressed that made a profound impact on his life. So profound was the impact that Ben and his family have given their lives in service to God through the ministry of NICS.
1. Reh, F. John. (2011). Learn at Lunch: A Program to Help Employees Grow. About.com, p. 1. http://management.about.com/od/trainingsites/a/LunchandLearn.htm