I am the child of an itinerant farmer and a determined mother committed to seeing me succeed in school. My mother led me to faith in Christ at the age of 5. I believe that from my early years on, God has prepared me to be a teacher, even to the extent of spending time during my elementary years reading through pages of dictionaries because of my fascination with words and their meanings. For a very long time now, I have seen language as a gift.
I finished high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, then I attended Bob Jones University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in English. I have known of MCA since I came to the Olathe area back in 1977. Its reputation of striving for excellence is something I can appreciate.
I love teaching English and I especially love teaching junior high students (they have great senses of humor). I love helping them become skilled writers, mastering the rules of grammar, and becoming successful learners.
In addition to my English classes, I also have a class, English Language Proficiency, for our international students. Since they know English before coming here, this class is not your ESL class. We study diction and speaking, and the students practice to improve their writing skills as they also study grammar and improve their understanding of how English vocabulary works (do you know how many definitions the word “field” has? We also spend time looking at the curriculum needs for other core subjects and seek to build confidence in their academic process for work here in America.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.