Teaching Experience

    32 Years

Field Experience

    32 Years

As long as I can remember I have enjoyed teaching – beginning with playing teacher with my friends at a young age! I am a passionate and resourceful instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching multiple disciplines. In 1994 I earned a Bachelors of Science in Education. It was while earning that degree that I realized if God blessed me with children, He was calling me to homeschool them. For the past 17 years that is exactly what I have done. It is hard to believe my personal homeschool journey ended when my “baby” graduated in Spring of 2021. My desire now is to help others deepen their faith in their homeschool and life journeys. I have taught children of all ages in both an in person homeschool co-op and an online co-op. My recent endeavors include working for an urban farming store, a youth theater ministry and an online preschool! In 2020 I also earned TEFL and TESOL certifications which has greatly helped me in teaching English A Second Language with VIPKID as well as a new organization, Faith English, which partners with believers in China to provide English lessons.

My deepest desire is to foster a love of learning in all my students, whether it be the ones living in my household, or those I teach elsewhere. My favorite education related quote is by Mark Van Doren “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

While I was growing up I believed I had to be good to get into heaven. I imagined that God had a giant scale and if I did more good things than bad, then maybe I could get into heaven. It was all about what I did, not the condition of my heart. Yet somehow I knew this was not enough and I questioned and struggled. I had a deep sense that what I was doing was not enough.

In the Spring of my 8th grade year, I went to church with a friend. For the first time Eph. 2:8-9 came alive and I understood “For by grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves not as a result of works that no-one should boast”. I understood that Jesus was the one who saved me and I could never do enough “good” to get to God. I realized I had to make a personal choice to follow Jesus as my Lord. I knew I had no choice, I had to repent of my prideful belief that I could earn my way to God. I had to turn my life over to my Savior Jesus Christ.

In high school, I began seeking fellowship with other true believers. I visited many youth groups but most of them were just social clubs. I finally found a Bible study that helped me learn how to do more than just read the Word, but study the Word and be truly fed.

In college I immediately joined the only Christian group on my small campus. I also became a youth leader with a parachurch organization. I learned how to grow in my faith, share my faith and disciple others. For the first time I went on mission trips, and the one I went on my Senior year led me to do Missions work with University and High School students in Albania after I graduated. It was a truly amazing experience. It grew me, challenged me and changed me- all for the better!

When I returned to the states, I began working with a parachurch organization. I met my husband and we began serving in youth ministry together. Our ministry focus changed as we had children. I was ministering to other mothers with young children, homeschooling my children, helping my husband with his role mentoring kids in the inner city youth outreach at our church, supporting him in his role as Chaplain with Truckstop ministries. I also recently spent a few years working with a youth theater ministry. All these things have grown and stretched me in new and amazing ways.

Perhaps the biggest faith stretching thing in my life has been homeschooling my kids for the last 17 years! A commitment to them, to having everything we do for school also be grounded in the Word has grown and stretched me, and brought me to my knees pleading to God for help, more than anything else my husband and I have done in ministry all our lives. It has not always been easy, but has been immensely rewarding.

My favorite passage is the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

If you ask me what things I love to do the most, my answer is “studying the Bible, teaching, reading and watching musicals”. I love to begin my day with First 5, from Proverbs 31 Ministries. It seems that I always am reading and listening to multiple different books at the same time and it is rare that someone says something that does not make me think of a song from a musical! Over the past 10 years I have also become a chicken keeper and a follower/supporter of Vex Robotics. Dog lover extraordinaire should certainly be added to my resume and I greatly enjoy snuggle time with our two furry friends!

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