STEMming Out For RCS
An Interview with Tish Wodetzki
One of the RCS goals to #CelebrateRCS for our 50th anniversary is to connect with current RCS faculty and see how God is using them to “inspire futures.” Dr. Hearne recently interviewed Elementary Science teacher, Mrs. Wodetzki (aka “Mrs. Wo”).
This month’s theme verse is Hebrews 13:15, “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Dr. Hearne asked Mrs. Wodetzki to share what this verse means to her.
Mrs. Wodetzki shared, “To me this verse means we are to continually be praising our Father by acknowledging His name. This means we should be reminded that even though our world is often wanting to silence the Christian, we need to be reminded that God does not call us to timidity, but rather calls us to stand strong for Him. We need to be doing this in our actions, and to be afraid or ashamed to share the Gospel to friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. We also need to be actively looking for such opportunities to give God this praise openly that people can see that it is not just circumstances, but our walk and prayer life that is impacted by God’s power!”
What do you teach at Redwood Christian Schools?
I teach K-3 Science.
What do you love about Redwood Christian Schools?
There is so much that I love about Redwood! I love that students are more than a test score and faculty are family. I can not say enough about how much I love that our students love coming to school, and I think this is because they are not just taught; they are loved and nurtured as if they were our own children. In order to feel free to do this nurturing, though, we have to have a great relationship with our families, and we do! I just love that we all openly share our struggles and our praises, and we work on all of those together through prayer and devotion one to another.
Why do you like teaching at Redwood Christian? What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
All the things I mentioned in what I love about RCS is why I like teaching at here. Unlike the public schools I have been at, I do not feel the pressure to press on just because we must reach topic x by date y! We are truly given the freedom to give our students time to process and gain the concept, so we are not rushing through curriculum without our students truly getting to experience it in its fullness. This is extremely important and makes for such a great learning environment!
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I have had several years of intense STEM training while teaching in Ohio, and this really helps me to not only deliver hands-on lessons, but I also understand much of the reasoning behind the steps that need to be taken to help students develop critical skills for the future.
What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?
In my opinion, our students love coming to school, and they love learning. They are eager for knowledge and experiences that allow them to learn. This is so exciting as an educator!
The RCS tagline is “Inspiring Futures.” How do you accomplish this in your role at RCS?
Part of one of the critical aspects of good STEM instruction is always drawing a connection to what we are doing/learning to something that is necessary in the “real world.” I always try to draw a connection for our students to the ultimate purpose of their learning. I do this in many ways through direct knowledge, videos, examples, and guest speakers.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them to be excited to live a life for Jesus knowing that they can accomplish anything through His strength and direction!