Upper School Choral Director
Get to know Geneva Whitmire, Upper School Choral Teacher. Mrs. Whitmire uses her love of music to show her students how to use their own gifts to glorify the Lord!
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
I am the 7th-12th grade Choral Director.
What do you love most about CLS?
It has a lot to offer for a private school. Our students are respectful, for the most part, and our building is kept in a nice manner. We offer quite a few choices for a school our size. Students are in a more sheltered environment, without many of the social issues in the public school system. We are not perfect, but students grow up without being forced to learn about non-Christian theories. Students are not prohibited from praying or mentioning God in school. Rather, they are encouraged to do this.
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
CLS is a great environment for education. The students are able to learn in an inviting atmosphere, and we can freely talk about spiritual matters in our classes. I do not have to justify the use of sacred music in my choir, as I would if I taught in the public schools. We have a great fine arts program here, and so many extremely talented students. I love sharing the gift of music with my students and having them share their God-given talents with others.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
The classes here try to incorporate practical ways for students to learn about God, to share their faith, and to see how the world views God as well. This is not just in Bible classes but in all of our classes.
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
My class is a bit different, but I hope that I show them how God is all around us, and how his gifts can be used to glorify him. We pray in class, and I try to keep my students’ prayer requests in the forefront. I want them to know that I pray for them, and I am concerned about their life, and the things that affect them.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I hope that students can see my love of music and my belief that God has gifted not only me but every one of my students with the gift of music. I want them to use these gifts in my class and in the community around them. I encourage them to join worship teams in their church and to perform whenever they can. I want them to share their love of music and their faith with others through this gift. I believe God calls us to not only see this as a talent but rather as a special gift God has bestowed upon us, to share his love with the world.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
I believe our students are more polite, more respectful, and more driven than many students their age. I know that our challenging curriculum pushes them to be their best, and they benefit from this challenge. They are more prepared to enter a college setting than the average student from a public school.