Welcome to my fourth grade class at MCA! It is my privilege to be starting my eighteenth year of teaching. This will be my fifth year to teach at MCA, and the fifth year for my daughters to attend this wonderful school.
I was born and raised in Olathe, KS, until I was in middle school when my family moved to Paola, KS. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was in fourth grade and was baptized soon after in the little Baptist church we attended at the time. (No wonder this grade is so special to me!) Throughout my junior and senior high school years, I was very involved in Kansas City Youth For Christ. That experience strongly influenced my Christian growth and walk with Christ.
I graduated from college in Indiana with a degree in Elementary Education. While I was in college, I had an opportunity to work in a Nicaraguan refugee camp in Costa Rica, an experience that greatly shaped my Christian worldview. After teaching for 13 years in the public schools, it is wonderful to teach in a Christian school that strongly promotes and teaches Christian worldview to our students.
After college, I taught fifth grade in Paola, KS, for six years. At the end of that time, I married my husband, Ron, and moved to where he lived in Independence, KS. I taught fourth grade in a nearby town called Cherryvale for three years and then worked as their after school program director for two years, a part-time job which allowed me to be home more with our first daughter, the joy of our life. That joy was made complete a couple of years later when God blessed us with another daughter. I quit working to stay home with our daughters until our youngest went to kindergarten. My husband took a job in Colby, KS, soon after our youngest daughter was born, and we lived there for six years.
A few years ago, we were blessed to be able to move back to Johnson County where all of our family lives. I visited three Christian schools before we made the move. I chose MCA for several reasons: their ACSI affiliation, their defined way of teaching Christian worldview, their academic curriculum, the qualifications of the teachers, the awesome extra-curricular activities, and the warm inviting atmosphere. At the time, I wasn’t applying to teach, I was simply choosing a school for our daughters. A year later, God would bless our family by opening a door for me to teach here. I want to be used as an instrument to teach children what it means to be a disciple of Christ seeking Him with a sincere heart. I want to help them develop a strong work ethic, and I want them to appreciate the value of hard work and the satisfaction of doing their best. Fourth grade is a transition from primary grades to intermediate. I think the work habits that parents and I help their children establish in “big kid’s world” will be hugely beneficial for the rest of their lives.
Jeremiah 29:11-13-“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”