Faith and Learning Statement
My Christian faith has been a part of who I am since I became a believer at the age of fifteen. In my many years of teaching, I have always integrated and woven my faith into everything I do in my classroom and away from it. An event that impacted my life was my involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ in my college years. I was able to share the good news with so many people and had the privilege of discipling them too.
As part of NorthPointe Christian Schools, I have the privilege of incorporating into my teaching the mandates of love, mission, and caretaker. I believe that our students are learners that bear the image of God (Genesis 2). God who is loving, relational, and kind has put those same traits in us His creation. Even though we are marred by sin, we still need to show these qualities in our relationships and love for our fellow man. As a Spanish/Foreign Language teacher I am able to bring students to the realization that those traits God has put in us allow us to see our neighbors not as people that are different but as image bearers of God. This belief is consistent with the mandate that God gave us to …”Love the Lord your God… Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Matt. 22:37-38.
I want the students not only to communicate in Spanish but also to reach out to our Spanish neighbors. This is why the mission mandate is an important part of our study of foreign languages. The Bible tells us ...”Go and make disciples of all nations teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” Matt. 28:18-20. We do this by incorporating Scriptures and learning about the community around us. Last year we reached out to our community as we have been able to go to Hall Elementary where 98% of the student body is Hispanic. This gave us the opportunity to share our love and use our Spanish language in our own town. I believe that these opportunities give our students the chance to exercise their faith and utilize their Spanish language.
My desire is that my students will leave my class with an understanding and love for all people groups and in particular the people who speak the Spanish language as their native tongue.