How many years have you been teaching?
This is my 13th year at Mt. Salus and I have taught for 14 years total – 1 year at French Camp Academy.
What brought you to teach at Mt. Salus?
Honestly the Lord really brought me to Mt. Salus. I had come back from China and was helping my sister and brother-in-law with their children while he was undergoing chemotherapy. I didn’t know what the future had in store and a friend of mine who worked at Mt. Salus at the time called me and said, “Hey the science teacher is leaving at the school I work for. Are you interested?” I came, I saw, and I loved it! Sometimes we don’t always see the Lord’s path for us and sometimes He opens a door and shoves you right through, as was the case for me making it to Mt. Salus.
What do you like most about your profession as a science teacher?
I love science. I learn new things each year I teach a new class, even though these are the same subjects I have been teaching for years. To me science also shouts the handiwork of God. I believe it is a quote by Robert Boyle that says, ” The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the creator”. That is something I love about science and the chance to share that is amazing.
What do you hope to accomplish as a teacher at Mt. Salus?
I want to point kids to Christ bottom line. Yes, I want them to learn about Earth, Rocks, Weather, Chemistry and Physics, but I want them to see the Lord in all of it. I want them to see what an amazing Creator we have, and I want them to see His hands in all of creation, including our lives. I hope to instill a love for science that they can use to better this world.
How do you see God using your gifts as a teacher at Mt. Salus?
I can be a bit of a goofball/nerd, and I think the Lord has used that excitement and goofiness to help make others excited about learning the science.
Where else are you involved that God is using your gifts for His glory?
I love working with kids of all ages and I have a love for Christian camping. Each summer I work at Twin Lakes Summer Camp, where I get to work with high school and college age kids. My job title there is “Wonder Woman”, and I do more behind the scenes work and take care of the staff. I still get to do fun skits for the campers and get my silly song singing on though. I also cook lots of corn dogs – lots and lots of corn dogs. This is a standing joke as I really don’t like corn dogs…
Through Twin Lakes, I learned about the summer camp they put on for Peru Missions in Trujillo. I have been able to travel to Trujillo for the past three Christmases and help with a summer camp there. Kids from four different neighborhoods meet at local churches and are brought to the camp. We play games, swim, do crafts, dance and play octoball. We also have a theme each year in which we tell the kids about the love of Jesus. This year it was Joshua and the Battle of Jericho and putting on the Armor of God. We had over 150 kids this year and several kids and their families have continued to come to church after this week.
I am so thankful to be used during the school year and in the summer to share the love of Jesus.