Faith and Learning Statement
Kaitlin Fields—High School Science
As a teacher at NorthPointe Christian, I intend to weave faith in Jesus Christ into all aspects of my teaching. I want to explain and connect to my students’ lives the three mandates that center our mission here.
The love mandate: “Love the Lord your God…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-38). This mandate asks that we recognize that we are created to be in a loving relationship with God and the people around us. When we understand that we are beloved children of God, it impacts the way we treat the people around us. In my classes, I give the opportunity to work on projects that extend beyond themselves and which can affect the lives of the people around them. By aligning ourselves with Scripture’s call to love one another and God, we are living out the love mandate. In science we learn how to use our understanding of our natural world to show love to the people around us through scientific discoveries, inventions, and innovations. I want students to see how many scientific advancements can benefit people to show Christ’s love to people.
The mission mandate: “Go and make disciples…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:18-20). As members of the body of Christ, we are called to make disciples. I desire to model this in the way that I share Jesus with the students in class. By modeling what it looks like to follow and share Christ in the classroom, I pray that students practice those behaviors in their own lives. We have the great privilege of sharing Jesus with the people around us through our actions and words here on campus, in our community, and all over the world.
The image mandate: “Let us make man in our image….be fruitful…fill the earth…subdue it…rule over every living creature” (Gen. 1:26, 28). I desire to help students understand that God made them with unique gifts to honor Him and serve others. God has equipped each person in the body of believers for that task. I hope to cultivate a learning environment where students recognize their gifts and will support them in growing to use those gifts to build Christ’s kingdom here on earth. I also desire to educate students about their bodies, caring for and using them to reflect God’s design. By studying God’s creation through science, we are able to learn more about the Creator Himself.