How many years have you been teaching?
I have been teaching at Mt. Salus for four years. Before coming to Mt. Salus, I worked as a teaching assistant for three years and as a college English instructor for several years prior to that.
What brought you to teach at Mt. Salus?
I feel strongly that it was the Lord who brought me to Mt. Salus. I had been working with kindergarten and first grade at a public school when a friend who worked at Mt. Salus told me they were looking for a high school history teacher. When I applied, that position had been filled, but I was asked if I would accept the second grade teaching position instead. I happily agreed since I was used to working with younger grades and loved it. Although there is a much longer back story to how I ended up at Mt. Salus (I had never planned to be an elementary school teacher, but God had different plans for me), I am so thankful that God orchestrated events the way he did.
What do you like most about your profession as a teacher?
I love interacting with the students. I love it when kids develop an interest in a particular subject and I’m able to encourage and nurture that interest. I love when kids discover a certain genre of book or a series that really engages them and I can see their love for reading blossom.
What do you hope to accomplish as a teacher at Mt. Salus?
Of course, I hope to help each child grow academically. Mostly, I hope to show each child how much God values him or her and to help point each one to Christ.
How do you see God using your gifts as a teacher at Mt. Salus?
I hope that God is using me to help improve students’ competence in academic subjects, their knowledge of who God is, and how to glorify Him in their daily activities and interactions with others.
Beside Mt. Salus, what/where else are you involved that God is using your gifts for His glory?
I am involved in my church, Providence Presbyterian, which shares facilities with Mt. Salus. I have acted as the nursery director/assistant nursery director there for the last ten years and really enjoy getting to know the kids, parents, and volunteers involved in that aspect of church life.