Faith & Life
As an educator, I understand the impact that I can have on young people. It is a great gift and a great opportunity.
In my classroom, I believe the most effective way to teach a given lesson is by my modeling a specific skill/understanding that I hope the students will emulate and understand. For example, I will model a new math strategy or show students how to write a descriptive or informative paragraph. By my modeling, students will see and practice exactly my expectation for them.
I believe modeling goes beyond teaching a skill or understanding. As a teacher, I know that my greatest responsibility is to model a love for the Lord for my students. In Mathew 22:37-38, Jesus says, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Daily, I aim to model a love for Jesus to my students through prayer, discussion, and demonstration God’s greatness in my science curriculum.
Through my modeling, I hope my students deepen their love for the Lord and further their relationship with Jesus. I also hope they will become leaders and model a love for Christ to those around them. Jesus says in Matthew 28, “Go and make disciples of all nations…, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” As students develop a deeper love for Christ, in turn, I hope they will share that love with those around them.
I firmly believe that each student has the ability to learn and be successful. We are all truly more alike than we are different. Sometimes, however, students only see the differences between themselves and others, often thinking they are “less.” They feel “less” in academics, athletics, and appearance. I will encourage all of my students to see that God made them in His image and has given all of them gifts to use to honor Him and each other. We are ALL children of God. The more I can help my students, not only understand that, but also to live it out, the better.