Mrs. Shinoda Shares Her Passion in TK This Year

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What attracted you to serve at Redwood Christian Schools (RCS)?

After spending several years observing as a parent of an RCS student, I was confident that this is a ministry that will have great impact for the Kingdom.  I wanted to be a part of that ministry by doing the job I love, teaching young children.

Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.

My husband, Kevin, and I have three boys who will be attending RCS.  They will be in kindergarten, 3rd grade and 6th grade. As a family, we enjoy hiking, camping, playing sports, and trying new cheap eats.  We also enjoy hosting international students. We look forward to living our daily lives more interconnectedly as we will have shared experiences at school.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of teaching?

I enjoy traveling, music, theater, gardening, and creative projects.

How did God call you into teaching (originally), and what are your professional credentials?

God created me with a passion for discovery and a natural desire to teach.  All my life I have been involved in children’s ministry. When experiences confirmed that I was engaging to children, I pursued the field of elementary education.  I have a BA in Education, with an endorsement in Kindergarten, from Bethel College, IN. Not surprisingly, the majority of my 17 years in teaching have been in kindergarten.

Why do you think a Christian education is important for families to consider?

As a parent, there is no greater joy than to know that our children are walking with the Lord (3 John, verse 4).  A Christian education does not guarantee this, but it does better than secular education to equip our children to be able to face the modern world and the times that we live in.  We must make every effort at home, at school, at church, and in life to point our children to the Truth that leads them to eternal life and the way in which we should live.

We know it’s early, but what do you love the most about RCS so far?

I look forward to serving in a community where the staff is so dedicated to the development of the whole child, foremost spiritually, but also emotionally and academically.  I am impressed by the genuine desire to protect and nurture every single student who enters our school. Staff members at RCS don’t take their job or responsibilities lightly.  They know that we must give an account before God, and that drives them to do their very best!

How do you hope to make a difference in the lives of RCS students?

I want to provide a safe haven where every child who enters feels valued, understood and empowered to grow and learn. My prayer is that as their knowledge of God increases, the children’s hearts will be softened to understand God’s unconditional love for us.  We live in a culture where our value is so often earned. I want my students to learn that their value is God-given and not tied to their latest accomplishment.

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