Position: Elementary School Teacher
How did God call you into teaching (if taught before), and/or what are your
professional credentials (or prior work experience)?
God has gradually led me towards teaching over the last few years. He initially put the
idea of teaching in my mind when I first got involved in youth ministry at my church
around six years ago, which I have enjoyed very much. My interest grew after visiting a
school in Kenya for the internally displaced during a summer mission trip back in 2018.
Following that trip, a teacher friend of mine asked me if I would like to sit in on her
kindergarten class to see if I might be interested in subbing. Shortly after, I became a
substitute teacher and a Youth Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of
America in San Leandro. I enjoyed subbing at elementary schools and saw a need for
male teachers at that level, which led me to pursue a multiple subject credential. Now
that I have my preliminary credential, I am excited to get started as a teacher.
What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
My desire to work at RCS comes from the fact that the school’s teaching philosophy is
Christ-centered. As Scripture says, students should be trained up in the way they
should go so that they do not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). I want students to view the
world from the correct worldview, which is the Biblical worldview. God is the creator of
all things, and we need to acknowledge that and apply it in our teaching.
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new
My parents and sisters are excited that I am at RCS. My younger sister attended RCS
for three years of high school and loved it, so I know they have a great culture at this
What unique experience, talent, or interest do you bring to your classroom to
help shape your students’ learning experience?
I had the opportunity to stay in a village in Kenya a few summers ago with a pastor
friend I met during a previous trip. He works to help widows and orphans in his village,
and I witnessed that firsthand. The experience was humbling and gave me a new
perspective on life and how to care for children and those in need of help. I hope that
God will use that experience to remind me to be compassionate and meet the needs of
all my students.
What is something you want students to have gained after having you as their
I hope that students will have grown deeper in their understanding of God, His creation
(subject material), and the love, grace, and mercy that He has shown them through
Christ. As a result of knowing Christ better, I hope that they grow to love Christ more
and that the Holy Spirit will move in them to continue to conform them to His image.
Do you have any other hobbies/interests outside of teaching?
I enjoy staying active and playing sports when I can (mainly basketball), going for long
walks, listening to sermons, and hanging out with people doing whatever.
How do you plan to inspire students specific to your grade level?
I want to inspire 2nd grade students by being enthusiastic about what I am teaching,
helping them see that learning can be fun, worthwhile, and useful in everyday life and
that we can glorify God as a teacher and students. I hope that they will be excited to
learn and grow so that they can move toward God’s calling on their lives with hope and
assurance that He will use them for His purposes.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a
living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing
you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)