I was born into a teacher family, went to Ottawa University and graduated with a BA degree in music. I started my teaching career and the first few months thought I would quit and find a new career as soon as my contract ran out. In April of that first year, I began to enjoy what I was doing and decided to give it another year. That was many years ago and I have not regretted it. Each year is new and different. I have had the pleasure of working with many students and families. I taught in the public school for several years and enjoyed it but when we moved to Kansas City, our son wanted to go to a Christian school. We decided on Maranatha. It made a huge difference in our lives. Three years later, I started teaching here. Since that time, our three children and two grandchildren have graduated from Maranatha and one of our grandchildren is a senior this year. It has been such a blessing in our lives. I so appreciate all the seeds of the Christian faith that have been sown into my children and grandchildren, not to mention the excellent education they are receiving. I am trying to do the same for my first graders. They are precious to me. It is such a wonderful thing to be able to pray with and for our students.
I was raised in a Christian home and thought I was a Christian. When I was 33, a teacher I was working with, led me in a sinner’s prayer. Life changed after that. Reading the Bible was exciting and I understood it (or at least some of it). Jesus has made all the difference in my life and my family’s.
I went to Ottawa University where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music. After teaching music for 3 years, we moved to a small town that needed a 3rd grade teacher. I went back to school and was certified in elementary education. Since that time, I have taken over 70 hours of education classes for renewal of my license. Over the course of my teaching career, I have taught music, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and 8th grade math but I love teaching first grade!
"as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."