A little about me:
A graduate of Grand Island’s Northwest High School, I earned my bachelor’s in middle school education at York College. After graduating from college in 2014, I accepted a position at Westridge Middle School in Grand Island. I spent three years there as a 6th grade language arts teacher and speech coach before accepting God’s call to Zion. My husband, Brett, and I live in Trumbull with our daughter, Adeline (Addie), a basset hound named Roscoe, a cat named Conway Kitty, five ducks and an assortment of tropical fish.
Phillippians 2:14-15 – “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure; children of God in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe.” This verse is truly a summary of my faith; it reminds me that my attitude and the way I behave reflects directly on the God I serve. It helps me remember to serve Him faithfully in all things, so others will see His light through me.
My favorite thing about teaching at Zion is the sense of family. In my first three years of teaching, I often struggled with the feeling of being “just a teacher.” From my first day at Zion, it was obvious that I am now free to be MORE than a teacher. I am connected to every student, parent, and coworker in a way that I never could have been at a public school. Everyone here is loved by everyone else here, so that God’s love is evident in everything we do every day.
To me, Christian education means the freedom to raise up the next generation as kind, loving, responsible servants of Christ. It means the ability to connect with each of my students on a meaningful and personal level in order to provide a higher caliber of education that goes deeper than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Christian education is education for the mind as well as the soul.
My favorite book is The Scarlet Letter. As a major literary nerd, I love the symbolism and deeper meanings woven into every description, but more than that, I love the ending. I think this story paints a wonderful picture of God’s redemption for those who humbly seek His forgiveness and consequences for those who repeatedly ignore His will and mercy. To me, it’s a perfect illustration of how God can take even those the world sees as unredeemable and make them new in His sight.