What made you want to become a teacher? It was totally God’s plan for me to become a teacher. I had no intentions of being anything other than a mother and housewife. I graduated from high school and didn’t go to college right away. Instead, I got married and had my daughter and became a stay-at-home mom.
When it was time for my daughter to go to school, someone told me about a Lutheran school and we decided to send her there. I started getting involved as a parent and became president of the PTA. We became Lutheran and I started thinking about going back to school. I went to college and the next thing I knew, I was a Lutheran school teacher! God just put things into place for me to become a teacher. Some people know their whole life that they want to be a teacher but for me, God decided that for me. God knew His plan for me.
Was there a teacher that inspired you, and why? I was inspired by the way the teachers treated my daughter when we sent her to a Lutheran school. Her experience is really what touched me and made me want to become a Lutheran school teacher.
Is there a subject that you especially like to teach? I love teaching religion and sharing Bible stories with the students.
What is the best advice you’ve received about teaching? During my first year as a teacher I was teaching a very smart seventh grade class, and they spent the whole time trying to prove they were smarter than me. It was tough! The first year is always difficult. There was a very wise man teaching at the school along with me and he told me, “you can’t allow them to cause you to lose control.” He was a great mentor to me. I don’t think I would have come back the second year if it wasn’t for his guidance and advice.
What did you miss the most about teaching in person during the stay-at-home order? During the stay-at-home order it was all of the work of being a teacher but none of the fun. I missed being with the kids in-person, doing devotions, and telling stories. I missed seeing the moments when they understood something. What are you looking forward to at the start of the school year? Meeting the new students! Particularly this year, there are so many kids that I don’t know. I’m excited to meet the new kids and to get to know them.
What do you like most about St. John’s? I like the freedom that I have as a teacher here. I can teach the way I like to teach and that is a blessing.