Q: Where did you go to college and what did you study?
A: I went to Indiana University and have an Elementary Education degree with an Early Childhood minor. I have very fond memories of Bloomington, Indiana because it was during my time in college that I came to know Jesus as my personal Savior. I first heard the gospel as a child when some friends took me to Awana for a year. I didn’t fully understand much at that time but one thing I do remember is that everyone used Bibles. During high school, I heard wonderful things about campus ministries and Bible studies from friends who were older so I bought my own Bible right before I left for IU and connected with a great group of people who taught me how to study the Word and introduced me to Christ.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
A: I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in kindergarten. As I grew up I always worked with young children while babysitting, teaching swim lessons, helping with VBS and Sunday School. It seemed like a natural fit. God confirmed that desire after I became a believer through my time volunteering in a small Christian elementary school near my campus.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?
A: I love teaching Bible. At this age there are so many stories the children are hearing for the first time, especially in the Old Testament. I love to watch their faces as they become wrapped up in drama of the events of the day’s story. They laugh, clap, cheer, or shake their heads depending on what is happening. It’s humbling to think that my words may be used to form their first impressions of so many concepts in scripture. That’s one thing that drives me to continue Bible study.
I also love teaching reading. There is something so very satisfying about seeing a child begin learning letter sounds, labor to blend those sounds into words and then end the year smoothly reading stories. It is an amazing transformation and I think I find as much satisfaction as the child does in this little wonder that has occurred. I know that I’m laying the foundation that this child will use all of his life in every area of study and will enable them to read God’s word for themselves.
Q: What is your favorite part about Heritage?
A: The people! My co-workers are truly like family to me and the students and their parents have encouraged me in enumerable ways over the years. It is a joy to serve Christ together.
Q: Any other stories you want to share?
A: Every year I begin by telling the students that I’ve been given gifts. This makes them very excited (We love presents in kindergarten!). Then I explain that it’s not my birthday or Christmas but that Jesus chose each one of them especially for me this year. I teach them the refrain of “Count Your Blessings” and I name each child and give thanks. At home I have a jar of tiny stones to remind me of each one of these precious gifts God’s given me and of how he has faithfully enabled me to teach them. They are my stones of remembrance. I have 685 stones in my jar and am very thankful.