Is the potential of young children fully awakened in today’s educational environment?

Transform their potential by developing a biblical worldview of education. The FIE course lays a foundation for working with children or youth in any community or classroom setting. Quality teaching techniques are taught by seasoned educators from around the world. If you choose to opt for a degree, you can engage with children about the nature and character of God while earning credits toward an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education or Primary Education for elementary children and youth.


Learn the unique approach of Christian education by using Scripture as the standard for analyzing educational models and practices. Consider the nature of learning and the variety of learning styles. Develop your character as an effective teacher.

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Arrival Day: April 8, 2021
Departure Day: July 1st, 2021


Arrival Day: April 7, 2022
Departure Day: June 30, 2022






Completion of a DTS with an outreach.

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– Overview of the physical, intellectual, moral, social/emotional, and spiritual development of children and youth

– Classroom management

– Curriculum development

– Role of education in community development and world missions.

Continuing Education

Leading to a degree in Early Childhood Education:
EDN 211 Foundations in Education
EDN 231 Methods and Models in Early Childhood Education
EDN 232 Early Childhood Education Practicum
EDN 333 Early Childhood Education Internship
EDN 235 Early Childhood Education Field Assignment

Leading to a degree in Primary Education:
EDN 211 Foundations in Education
EDN 261 Primary Education Practicum One
EDN 262: Primary Teaching Methods and Models
EDN 263 Primary Education Practicum Two
EDN 264 Primary Education Field Assignment

School Leader: Kris Richards

Kris “Aunty Kris” Richards was born in the Philippines and grew up in the Seattle, Washington area. The daughter of a school teacher and a lawyer, Kris often finds herself advocating on behalf of children or youth for a variety of educational needs. Kris and her husband, Randy, together with their two sons, moved to Kona nine years ago from the Pacific Northwest, where Kris taught in both public and private schools. On the YWAM base, she has served on the core team with Wai’aha International Family School, trained teachers with Educating for Life in countries around the Pacific, and—her biggest passion—acted as a link to the greater community by setting up local outreach to children and youth across Kona.

Ana Grego Drymael

Ana Drymael is a fiery Brazilian woman, married to the gentlest French guy you will ever meet, Alain Drymael. They live in Brazil and travel around the globe running FIE schools and teacher training programs.

Ana and Alain are grandparents to four amazing kids from Ana’s two daughters.

Ana started leading FIE’s in 2009 and has led a number of schools in several locations: Switzerland, Hawaii, Mozambique and Brazil. Ana has a pioneering heart and has pioneered new schools in most of the locations mentioned above.

Ana’s heart is to train up teachers to work with young learners for she believes in discipling nations through Education.

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