Position: Elementary School Teacher
College(s): United States Air Force Academy; Central Missouri State University; Chapman University; College of Mount St. Joseph
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts – International Politics; Masters of Science – Public Services Administration
What is/are your role(s) at Redwood Christian Schools?
I am the Kindergarten through 3rd grade science teacher.
What do you love about your role(s) at RCS?
Having taught in public school prior to coming to Redwood Christian School, I especially love that our students are so much more than a test score! We are given the freedom we need as educators to not only teach our academics in fun and engaging manners, but we are also given the freedom to instill and nurture the qualities that Christ calls us all to live.
What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?
RCS students most often display a love for learning – I think largely because they are in a loving, nurturing environment that allows them to feel success at all levels, while also challenging them to high standards of Christ-like, life-impacting living.
How do you inspire your students?
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, which is all ultimately hopefully #InspiringFutures that make a difference in our world!
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them to be excited to live a life for Christ and to be exuberant to use their gifts and interests to make a difference in others’ lives!
What is your favorite verse?
Romans 12:1-2 “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.”
This was the first passage I memorized outside of John 3:16, and it continually motivates me in all that I do.