If you haven’t paid rapt attention to the unusual goings-on at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, you may find this interesting: The head of the forces at the gathering who are openly opposed to Donald Trump officially becoming the GOP’s presidential candidate is a teacher from Colorado. An 11th-grade U.S. government teacher at a private Christian school, to be exact.
Kendal Unruh is a member of the Colorado delegation at the convention who is pledged to support Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas who was one of a gaggle of candidates to vie, along with Trump, for the party’s nomination. She is also a co-founder of Free the Delegates, a group dedicated to ensuring that Trump doesn’t become the nominee.
On Monday, the first day of the convention, she led a fight to persuade the convention to vote on a resolution allowing all convention delegates to vote for whomever they want on the first ballot, not for whom they are bound as a result of primacy and caucus wins. Trump has enough pledged delegates to win on the first ballot. The vote she wanted was not allowed by GOP leaders, and the Colorado delegation stormed out of the convention.
The Denver Post said:
She teaches her 11th-grade students at the small Jim Elliot Christian School in Englewood about the debatable notion that America is a republic, not a democracy.
“The fact that for 50 years from kindergarten to college, students have been taught that we are a democracy is why we are at where we are at right now,” said Unruh, who returned to teaching two years ago after a sabbatical to raise her children.
“Because a republic is representative government, you vote for a delegate to cast a vote, based on their discernment and factors, at their time on your behalf.”
Unruh told the Denver Post that she turned against Trump after he mocked a disabled reporter during the campaign. (Trump has denied that he was making fun of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a physical disability.)
Unruh, who lost an autistic son when he was 6 years old, felt repulsed. “It was at that moment I made a promise to do everything I could to see him never be our nominee,” she wrote recently to Trump supporters.
The school’s website says she has been working there for a few years — though she taught elsewhere earlier in her life — and teaches a a class called “American Government from a Christian Perspective.” It also says this:
She brings real life discussions into her classroom as she has been an activist “community organizer” since 1986. She is the only person in the state of Colorado to have been elected to the last seven National conventions to nominate the presidential candidates …
Kendal’s hobbies include doing art, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. She leads annual mission teams that trek in Tibet, giving eye exams and distributing solar powered radios at 15-20,000 feet in altitude.
A favorite quote of Kendal’s “Remember, God is STILL on the throne AND prayer changes things!”
The school’s website describes its mission this way:
Jim Elliot Christian School is a distinctly Christian learning environment that encourages critical thinking skills within a biblical framework. We believe that learning should be personalized to the fullest extent possible, reflecting the status of each person as a unique “image-bearer” of God. We have designed a long-range plan to identify each student’s individual learning style and consider these learning styles when formulating curricula. Our students are required to complete a solid core curriculum, and the majority of our graduation go on to study at four-year universities.