What attracted you to serve at Redwood Christian Schools (RCS)?
After spending six years at RCS, I was able to look back with fond memories of the teachers I learned from. The academic and spiritual support they provided me throughout the years had an impact on the person I became by the time I graduated in 2011. When God put it on my heart to become a teacher, I automatically thought of RCS. Whatever God called me to do in life, I wanted to make an impact for His kingdom and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.
My family and I are ecstatic about this new opportunity I have with RCS. My mother was especially excited when she was told I was going to teach 1st grade in the fall. This step in my career was monumental because I am the first one in the family to graduate college and continue my calling to become a teacher!
What are your hobbies and interests outside of teaching?
When I am not teaching, my friends and I typically enjoy visiting new restaurants, hiking, and driving to San Francisco. I also love to listen to music, practice playing songs on the keyboard, reading, writing (hoping to write a few books and songs one day!), and discovering new things to do in the Bay Area with my sister.
How did God call you into teaching, and what are your professional credentials?
When I entered college, my plan was to become a magazine editor. When things began to change, I decided to become a wedding planner. By 2014, God put it in my heart to become a teacher. There was so much peace about this decision — I went forward in my education and trusted God. In 2015, I graduated from Chabot Community College with a Certificate of Proficiency for an Associate Teacher from the Early Childhood Development Program. I transferred to California State University East Bay and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with an Early Childhood Development option. I was accepted this summer into Brandman University where I am currently obtaining my Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education with a Multiple Subject Credential. I anticipate to graduate in the Summer of 2020.
What have been your experiences in education/Christian education prior to this year?
Besides attending RCS from 2005-2011, I began ministering at the elementary campus in 2015 as an Extended Care counselor. I loved getting to know students outside of the classroom and helping them with their homework assignments. When I graduated college in 2017, I was offered an Instructional Assistant position in a kindergarten classroom. Spending a year under the wing of a very gifted teacher confirmed my desire to become an educator myself. The classroom environment, the academic subjects, and the students made my experience more than worthwhile — a reason why I look forward to this academic school year as I begin teaching my own class!
Why do you think a Christian education is important for families to consider?
I believe a Christian education is important for families to consider for a variety of reasons. Besides having high standards for education, RCS emphasizes the importance of Christian living. While we care greatly about our students’ academic achievement, we are also very passionate that students know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Our teaching is not only a profession, it is a ministry to impact students and families as we represent the true love of God in all that we say and do. Christian educators desire their students to graduate with more than just academic knowledge — their desire is to send them off as disciples of Jesus Christ who are ready to make an eternal impact for God’s kingdom.
We know it’s early, but what do you love the most about RCS so far?
I love the RCS staff and faculty family! Many teachers I knew from my years as a student at RCS are now my fellow coworkers. It has been wonderful getting to know them better and develop new relationships with other teachers as well.
How do you hope to make a difference in the lives of RCS students?
When I was a student, life was not always perfect. My grades were never the best in elementary school and they did not drastically improve until the beginning of high school. After receiving a low grade, I would tell my mother, “I am going to do better.” My grades continued to prove both my academic growth and my spiritual growth in Christ. My hope is to encourage students who struggle with their academics and feel like giving up. By leading them as a teacher, my prayer is that I will equip students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in their walk with the Lord.