- BS Kennesaw State University
B.S., Early Childhood Education, Kennesaw State University
What is your fondest Pisgah memory?
I have two! In Kindergarten, we teach a unit on families. As a culminating activity at the end of our unit, we read the students a book titled The Relatives Came. At the end of the story we hear a knock at the door and when we open the classroom door we find a loved one of each of our students. The loved ones come into the classroom with a few of their favorite books to read to their children. The students love this very special surprise of having a family member spend some time in THEIR classroom! I think it is a great opportunity for the parents and the school to show that they have partnered together to help make the child successful.
My other fondest Pisgah memory is the Thankful Friday service. I love to see our school come together as the students present their gift-filled shoeboxes to share the love of Christ with other children all over the world. I become emotional as we pray over the boxes and for the children who will be receiving them. Being a part of the Thankful Friday service makes me so thankful to teach at Mount Pisgah where we can freely profess Jesus’ love with our students and the world. What a blessing!
Why do you teach or work at a school?
I love children! I was called to teach and I enjoy seeing students grow over the course of the year as they learn academically, socially, and spiritually. It is so rewarding to witness children during “a-ha” moments (when you can see the light bulb in their heads go off) when they are able to make a connection in learning or when they are feeling proud of themselves because they have mastered a skill. To know that I had a part in that growth is so fulfilling!
How do you reach students?
I strive to make my classroom a warm, welcoming environment where children know that they are loved and that it is okay to make a mistake. I often tell my students that “mistakes are opportunities to learn”. I try to plan lessons that are hands-on and engaging. Students are much more interested in what they are learning when they are able to see, smell, taste, or touch a tangible object and “do” something, rather than just listen to me talk about it. The real life connection allows students to be actively involved in their learning, which creates memories of what they have learned which will resonate with them far longer than what they heard me say.