2 – Catherine Schoppet
Position: Elementary Teacher
How did God call you into teaching, and/or what are your professional credentials (or prior work experience)?
All of my life I have had a passion for working with children. During my academic career I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and hold a California Teaching Credential. I started teaching in 2013 at a small Christian school in San Jose. My experience has lead me to work in almost every elementary grade level as well as come coaching and extra-curriculum activities.
What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
It wasn’t until last year that I knew that Redwood Christian Schools existed. Through a series of steps that only God could have orchestrated, I found Redwood Christian. I have a passion for Christian education and leading the next generation to claim their identity in Christ and to live in it. This so closely aligns with RCS’ mission and values, that I knew I wanted to be a part of that community. As I went through the application and interview process the hand of God was so tangible in all the pieces, I know this is where I am called to be.
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.
This new opportunity is really a chance to me to spread my wings and put into action all the things my family instilled in me over the years. It has a been a blessing to know that my parents, brother, and extended family have been praying over me and my classroom as I start my new adventure.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I love to have fun in my classroom. In previous years I have been known to be the teacher who is always honest, patient, and will break into random Disney songs in the middle of a lesson. I love to be myself and show students that teachers are humans too and learning can be fun!
Do you have any other hobbies/interests outside of teaching?
Outside of teaching you can usually find me out on a trail exploring God’s beautiful creation or buried underneath an enormous skies of yarn making a new creation. I love to spend time with my family and friends especially if it involved board games and good food!
Our tagline is “Inspiring Futures.” How will a time you’ve been inspired shaped your teaching?
I believe the most important aspect in inspiring futures is teaching our students how to make Biblical decisions and how God would want us to approach an issue. One of the things I love most about teaching is being able to identifies areas that the class is struggling or needs to grow and finding Bible verses to help them do just that. I love to teach the fruits of the Spirit and talk about tangible ways we can apply that in our classroom, on our campus, and in our homes. I strive to help my students see that God applied to every aspect of our lives, not just on our school campus or at church. I believe that when they know God’s character and have a heart after His not only will He guide their futures, but He will also use them to inspire others.