6th Grade Teacher
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
I teach 6th Grade.
What do you love most about CLS?
CLS prepares students academically, spiritually, and emotionally. This is key to the success of students. I’ve had one son graduate from CLS very well prepared for the demands of college and life in general. Because CLS is a smaller school than most public schools, the students feel more comfortable trying out sports, clubs, and activities. There is a stronger relationship between all staff and the students.
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
I absolutely love being able to incorporate Biblical values into our discussions and learning. Being able to pray with my students is something I will never take for granted, especially having taught in the public school system for almost 20 years prior to CLS. Having chapel with my students is a great time as well. I believe our curriculum is very strong and prepares the students well for the following year. I love that we are a preschool all the way through high school. It’s wonderful tracking former students and maintaining that relationship that was built when they were a student in your classroom.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
It’s almost hard to separate the two. In science, we learn about God’s creation. The students see God’s handiwork throughout the lessons as we learn and explore. In history, we see that our country was formed, founded, and blessed by men who sought God for guidance and direction. In Bible class, we deepen our understanding of the Word and how to apply it to our daily lives. In all we do, we seek God and work as unto the Lord.
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
First and foremost I need to be prayed up. Each morning I pray, not only for my students, but also that I would see each child the way God sees them. We have prayer time in class as well. I see students bringing needs to me and their classmates. The joy I see on their faces when they have a praise report and want to share it! The Bible is our go-to manual for issues or conflicts that come up. I model grace and God’s love to the students.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
One of the skills I bring to my classroom is that of organization. I feel students have a better chance at being more successful if they are organized. We utilize the expand-a-files, assignment notebooks, and weekly planners. I teach students how to manage their time and plan ahead. Most of my students are very involved outside of the classroom and it is very important that they are able to look at the week ahead and plan their study times.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
There have been many times on field trips where we have been told how well behaved our students were. They are kind, considerate, and encouraging… because this is modeled for them in their homes, by their peers, in their classrooms, and by the entire staff. They feel loved and cared for as a whole person – not just as a student. We have high expectations here at CLS, and the students rise to meet those expectations.