Philosophy of Christian Education
My philosophy of education stems from my view of humans. I believe that humans are image bearers. They are beautifully made but tragically fallen. And I am just as fallen as my students. This realization requires me to show grace, but it also requires me to show wisdom. Sometimes students learn best through struggle.
I also believe our culture expects too little of our youth. In my classroom, I want my students to know that I expect much of them. My hope is that they will rise to the occasion instead of sinking to low standards.
As an English teacher, I feel a special calling to promote thought and creativity in my classroom. If we claim humans are made in God's image, we must claim them to be thinking, creative beings. Reading and writing are an incredible way to demonstrate both.
Testimony & Biography
I knew I wanted to be an English teacher by the time I was a junior in high school. My lifelong love of reading and the ability to clarify my thoughts with words motivated me to pursue a degree in secondary English education and later, a master’s in liberal studies with an emphasis in English literature. After teaching high school English for five years, I decided to stay home after the birth of my first son. For 6 years, I homeschooled my three children and taught as a part-time faculty member at Cairn University. I continued working at Cairn University, and I am entering my 11th year, teaching composition, literature, and education courses. Currently, I also oversee all of the English composition courses, providing training and feedback for the instructors. When I am not wrangling thesis statements from students, I am running, gardening, eating, or writing. My husband of almost 20-years and my three children can attest to my desire to do a little bit of everything (all at once). Of late, James 3:17 has been at the forefront of my mind. I hope to have this wisdom inside and outside of my classrooms: "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."