Middle School History Instructor
M.S., Secondary Education for Social Studies, Samford University
B.A., History, Samford University
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I believe there are few greater jobs in this world than teaching. After all, education is the shaping of human beings' minds and souls. Since elementary school, I have loved being in the school environment and I have always loved learning. I had such good teachers growing up who both challenged me and supported me and I desire to pass that gift along to my students. And I believe I'm in good company - Jesus chose teaching as his conduit to bring about the Kingdom of God!
Who was the most influential teacher/coach you had when you were growing up?
As an alumnus of Mount Pisgah Christian School (having gone here since kindergarten!), I believe I have a unique opportunity to teach in the same classrooms where my teachers once taught me. I cannot point to a single teacher as having influenced me the most during my time here. Every teacher I had from elementary through high school impacted me in some way. I owe my love of history, however, to my AP history teachers in high school, Diane Wood and John Whitehurst, who taught me to think critically about the past and inspired me to study history further in college. It was the good teaching and positive influence I had from all of my teachers that influenced me to join this profession.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
There are two aspects of teaching that I most enjoy. For myself, I enjoy the challenge of presenting history in a way that is engaging to my students. I may be a little biased, but I believe history the easiest subject to make engaging because it is the story of people's lives. As they say, one does not really know a subject until one teaches it, and I have found that it is a challenge to engage my middle schoolers in story of history every day. But it is a challenge I very much enjoy. Secondly, I enjoy building relationships with my students both inside and outside of the classroom. Small private schools like Mount Pisgah offer a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to get to know each other well in a tight-knit community. I have found that some of the best and most memorable moments in teaching are often the moments you don't plan!
I spent aone of my college semesters in London where I studied art history, theater, and British history and culture. I have also travelled to cities in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic, many of these on a trip to study the history of the Protestant Reformation.
What is your favorite Bible vese?
Psalm 16:5-6: The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.