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Betsy Rybarczyk

I love studying and learning about history. My love for the subject began when I was just a little girl and has snowballed into more than just a passion but a career. I attended Cornerstone University and received a Bachelor’s in history, philosophy, and English. With a focus on Christian apologetics, I participated in additional studies at Oak Hill Theological Seminary in London, England and completed a Master’s of Education and History at Grand Valley State University.

For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about all of the people and places that I have studied. In addition, I have had a heart for spreading God’s Truth and Love through international missions. These passions have catapulted me into a life long excitement for exploring and ministering to God’s amazing world. One of my favorite verses has always been Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." By trusting in God's plan for my life and submitting my will to His Will, He has opened doors for me that I never could have imagined. I have been blessed to live, minister, and work in both Prague, Czech Republic and Penang, Malaysia.

For the past 22 years, it has been my joy to be able to teach my students about history and then travel with them to experience these amazing places. I have brought my students to awe inspiring destinations such as Rome, Sydney, and the Galapagos Islands to the incredibly humbling and historic monuments such as the gas chambers of Auschwitz and the beaches of Normandy. In all, I have been given the incredible opportunity to have traveled to 48 countries spanning 6 continents.

Fortunately, I have an amazing family who also loves to travel. My husband, Craig, and I have had 22 adventure filled years of marriage. We have two beautiful children, Graham (7th grade) and Maddie (2nd grade), who attend ACS. Together, as a family, we have been able to explore many countries and create lifelong memories.

It is through my real life experiences that I am able to make my history classes come to life. It is my hope that each one of my students will become inspired to not only learn, love, and explore history and God's world, but to apply God’s Truth to what they learn and to deepen their faith and walk with their Savior. I am so excited to be a part of the ACS family, and I cannot wait for this next great adventure to begin!