My name is Ajan Nathan Albright, and I will be teaching here at Legacy Insitute this year. I thought it would be good for you all to know a little bit more about me and where I come from as we prepare to begin this coming school year.
I was born in Western Pennsylvania to a family of farmers who grew wheat and hay and took care of cows for more than two hundred years in the hill country. Among my ancestors are some members of the hill tribe of the Cherokee who fled from the American army that came to take their land and give it to wealthy plantation owners. They fled north in the mountains, hid in caves, and then intermarried with some of the German farmers there. There are some older members of my family who are still afraid that the army will come and take them away from their homes and send them to faraway Oklahoma, halfway across the United States, to join the rest of the tribe that was taken from their homes and farms and moved to a barren reservation.
When I was 3 years old, my parents split up and my mother took my younger brother and I and took a day-long bus trip south to go to her parents. I grew up a poor kid in a small town in Florida called Plant City where strawberries and oranges are grown. From a very early age I knew that if I was to find an honorable place, it would be through my God-given mind, and so I have always read all I could and sought to increase in knowledge and understanding.
After finishing high school, I studied at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, all the way across the United States from where I grew up. I studied civil engineering with a concentration in history as well. I then went to the Ambassador Bible Center in Ohio to study the Bible in greater depth. I then returned to Tampa, Florida where I worked for four and a half years making sure building plans were up to code. During that time I finished two master’s degree programs: a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management at the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Arts in Military History at Norwich University. Now I am teaching you all here.
I wish for you to remember a few things about me. For one, even though I am a farang [Westerner], I come from a faraway hill tribe myself. For another, if you are serious about study and wish to strengthen your mind, I will give you any help possible for you to achieve your own God-given talents. If you wish to equip yourself to defend yourself against the evil one, I will help you however I can as well. I hope you all look forward to a productive year of study here, and I look forward to sharing the next year with you all.