Mary Warkentin
Kindergarten

Mary holds a Kansas license in Elementary Education and has extensive training in Early Childhood Education. She comes into this position with ten years of teaching preschool at Cloud County Community College Children’s Center in Concordia, Kansas and four years previous public school experience. This has given her a solid foundation to assess individual student’s needs and help them lay the groundwork for their learning in the years to come.
I am looking forward to teaching scripture integrated with academics. There will be an abundance of books in my classroom for the children to use. One of my favorite activities is to read aloud to them. I love learning and seeing children love to learn.
My husband Tim will be teaching advanced mathematics courses at Maranatha’s South campus. We celebrated our 33rd anniversary by moving into our new home in Edwardsville! I am grateful to God for his grace and strength through those 33 years and for our future together. We have two sons, Hank and Stuart, who live in the area with their wives and young children. They are our delight. It is our great joy to spend time with all of them.
I enjoy reading mysteries, true animal stories, and quilt and gardening magazines. I also like to draw, watercolor paint and sew quilts. Flower gardening, herbs, butterfly gardens, and growing plants that attract butterflies to lay their eggs is an activity I introduced at the Children’s Center where I taught preschool. Over the years I have brought dozens of caterpillars inside to watch them develop and change into chrysalises and then butterflies. When it was time to release them all the teachers and children gathered outside to watch them fly off!
Reading through the Bible in a Year has been an important part of my Christian growth as well as memorizing scripture. I have also been greatly impacted by reading biographies of Christians such as Corrie TenBoom, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon and Hudson Taylor.

These verses have been important to me:

I Kings 4:33 Solomon taught about “…trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he (taught) also about animals, birds, reptiles and fish.”

Colossians 1:15, 16 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

Psalm 71:18 “Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”