I am originally from a small rural town in East Central, Minnesota. I graduated from Concordia University St. Paul with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. My first call was to teach in Dubuque, Iowa, where I taught Kindergarten for three years. My second call is to Immanuel, where I am excited to continue teaching Kindergarten.
When teaching, I keep Proverbs 22:6 close to my heart. "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." This verse embodies my purpose as a Lutheran educator and serves as a reminder to me. Kindergarten is that magical time when students get that first real experience of school. It is my job to help start students off on the right path by instilling in them a love for school. Not only that, I get to do it with Christ at the center of it all, which is pretty amazing!
A little bit about myself, I love all things crafty, creative, and artistic. I am also a huge Disney fan: any of the movies, music, and TV shows! I also enjoy spending time with my family back in MN. I am thankful to be a little closer to home than I was before!
Favorite Bible Verse:
Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The school's theme this year is Making Disciples. What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?
As I mentioned above, I keep Proverbs 22:6 in the back of my mind when teaching and the imagery of planting a seed. I am privileged with the responsibility to start these young Kindergarteners off in the way that they should go. I am making disciples by planting that seed of God's word and doing my best to give that seed a good foundation to grow throughout a child's life. Nurturing that seed of faith in our activities, the expectations of how we treat one another, and establishing their love of the Lord. As a teacher making disciples, I pray that this good start would stay with these students. They might fall away for a while, but the seed has been planted, and God has a plan to nurture it so that when these students are older, they will not turn from it.
If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would you choose?
The Queen of Genovia Clarisse Renaldi, beloved nanny Mary Poppins and governess Maria von Trapp are all played by the iconic actress and national treasure Julie Andrews. It would be amazing to listen to the stories of her life and hear more about what it was like to play those famous roles.
Hometown: Sandstone, MN
Bachelor's Degree: Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Concordia St. Paul, MN
Minors: Lutheran Theology