Welcome to the last quarter of 2020. It is hard to believe that this year is ending and we are continuing to face the challenges of COVID19, adjusting to situations, and through it all relying on each other and trusting that God is with us.
It is a joy to be a part of the Education Team at the North Pacific Union. This is a beginning of a new chapter following God's leading, so a little story of my journey into education to make this a personal letter from me to you.
Education was always a part of my goal all through elementary school. I thought that my 1st-grade teacher could walk on water and was the most amazing person. She inspired me to teach anyone who was around, I don’t think my brother always appreciated my ‘bossy” efforts.
Later while at Union College, I found that I loved the science of psychology and brain development in children. Which meant I switched my major and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Education was still pulling at me. I taught preschool for a while and realized that I wanted to further my education. When we moved to Tennessee, I found a wonderful program at East Tennessee State University. I loved all of my classes in their initial licensure program with an MA in Early Childhood Education, birth-5th grade. During that time we also moved to Andrews for my husband to attend seminary and our daughter and son were born.
Later, after enjoying being a stay-at-home-mom, I entered teaching two weeks before school started. Teaching hooked me in the first week. It challenged me to grow, it shaped my understanding of others and increased my capacity in many ways. Through my journey teaching Preschool through 8th graders, I appreciate each stage of development, each moment of victory, and each prayer request. As a Principal over the past three years, it is a similar emotion to watch teachers and staff develop their teaching craft and support them through the hard conversations.
In this role now, I look forward to the time we can collaborate in person and grow in excellence together to meet the needs of our young students throughout the Union. Please feel free to reach out to me via email, office phone, or cell phone.
The future may feel uncertain, but with God, we have the assurance that He is right there with us! Entering into this time of giving thanks, I am thankful for God’s unending grace and love, family, and the ministry He has given me.
The NPUC is very thankful for each of you and the opportunities you have to share Jesus with our youngest learners. May you feel God's blessings pour out as you continue to give of yourselves each day.
Praying for you daily.
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