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What do you teach at Eastern Christian School?
I teach 7th and 8th Grade Science.
What do you love about Eastern Christian School?
Faculty that is devoted to their jobs, parents that sacrifice much so their children can get a Christian education, a community that cares for each other and is focused on one common goal.
Why do you like teaching at Eastern Christian? What motivated you to become a teacher at Eastern Christian?
I have the bonus of being a teacher at Eastern Christian and a mother of two Eastern Christian students, and through these two perspectives I see God’s faithfulness to our school over the past 100+ years. To hear my daughters talk about their teachers, friends, and classes with a big smile on their faces is a blessing to me and my husband because we value the Christian perspective that is taught in every aspect of their school day; in the classroom, at school functions, and on the sports fields. I remember one of my first years teaching at the elementary school and having chills run down my spine when I heard the way those kids sang their little hearts out in chapel each week. And now as a middle school teacher, I get tears in my eyes each graduation when I realize just how much our students have grown physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. No other job I would ever want would bring me that kind of joy! To be a part of the teaching staff where I grew up is a real blessing to me; an opportunity to give to my students what my teachers gave to me, a safe, loving, school community where we strive to be learners of this world God created for us.
How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at EC?
There are many topics in the subject of Science that can be argued by Christian and non-Christian scientists, and it is so important that our students can use their faith to explain the work of an awesome and powerful Creator. Taking time to be in wonder and awe of every detail of science is an important part of my classroom perspective. From the microscopic cell that first formed us, to the expanse of the universe where we will never understand the importance of being stewards of God’s creation, are some of my favorite concepts to discuss with students.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I struggled as a student in the sense that I had to work hard for my grades and I try very hard to make sure that every student in my classroom has the potential to do their very best and to feel successful throughout the year.
What sets EC students apart from students in other schools?
While they certainly aren’t perfect, and middle schoolers are certainly the typical teenagers, our kids truly are caring and loving. They welcome new students to their class, they enthusiastically serve in the community and they desire to spread God’s love to the world.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
While I certainly want my students to gain a better understanding of the science world, I think there are more important things that I can teach them while teaching them science. I pray that I can be a role model to all of my students in the way that I chose to live my life, exhibiting the fruits of the spirit from day to day. The grades they get in my class won’t really matter in the long run, but the “skills” they need to be Christ’s disciples are much more important as they grow up and interact with the world around them.