What attracted you to serve at Redwood Christian Schools (RCS)?
Earlier this year, I was seeking the Lord to see if He wanted to change my course of ministry. My daily schedule was mostly filled with volunteer work helping children and the elderly. Late in May, God challenged me to consider teaching elementary full-time at Redwood Christian Schools. I followed His leading and responding to His calling.
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.
Dan and I celebrated our 33rd anniversary this past May! I have two sons — one graduated from college last year and the other is a college junior. All the members of my family were instrumental in encouraging me to follow the Lord in this new adventure.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of teaching?
My favorite thing is being active with my family — water skiing, snow skiing/boarding, learning to sail, and virtually anything that involves water and sunshine!
How did God call you into teaching (originally), and what are your professional credentials?
As a young adult, I taught Sunday School and led Bible studies. While attending California State University Hayward to obtain my degree in Mass Communications with an American Sign Language minor, I discovered I enjoyed helping my classmates when they were struggling. When our oldest child was approaching school-age, the Lord led us to homeschool. Homeschooling both of my boys K-12 (as well as a few others during the high school years) gave me a passion to help each individual reach his or her God-given potential.
What have been your experiences in education/Christian education prior to this year?
We chose a Christian education focus in our homeschool, seeing God as the source of all truth in every subject. Our goal was to give a firm foundation in our Creator as the source of life. A wise person at a conference made it clear that our responsibility as parents is to transfer our children’s dependence on us to a dependence on God — rather than teach them to be independent. We took this to heart.
Why do you think a Christian education is important for families to consider?
A Christian education allows families to give a firm foundation of truth to their children. To have the freedom to see God as the source of all knowledge and the Bible as our “truth anchor” is vital to living well in this broken, confused world, as well as for eternity!
We know it’s early, but what do you love the most about RCS so far?
RCS allows teachers to share God’s Word with the students and encourage each other to follow God wholeheartedly. Knowing we serve God together for His glory gives the teachers and staff a bond in the Spirit that cannot be found in a non-Christian environment.
How do you hope to make a difference in the lives of RCS students?
God has encouraged me to focus on loving the students as well as reminding them of God’s personal love and helping them to show love to others. Building positive relationships in a safe environment encourages enthusiasm for learning.