Linda Smith
1st Grade

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."

Joshua 24:15

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