Sara Tibbe6th Grade Teacher
My passion is to come alongside families and churches to see my students grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. I count it a joy to help children develop a Biblical worldview as they grow academically as students.
Faith & Life
Mrs. Tibbe is excited to join the NorthPointe faculty! A graduate of Calvin College and The University of Memphis, she has 14 years of teaching experience as well as 5 years experience working on staff at a local church. Mrs. Tibbe and her family also served in Indonesia as missionaries with TEAM, The Evangelical Alliance Mission. When she is not teaching or taxiing her own two children, she enjoys running and reading.
Statement of Faith
In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul tells us: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become that righteousness of God in Him. This is the gospel that I’ve clung to since age 7; now I have the privilege of sharing this with my students at NorthPointe Christian School. United with Christ, bearing God’s image, we display our Father’s love by acts of compassion to the glory of God. We join Jesus on His mission “to go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19, 20). NorthPointe’s Love, Image, and Mission mandates will permeate my instruction and provide direction for the spiritual formation I pray to see in my students.
As a sixth grade teacher, a year in which students move to a new building or are new to NPC, I will guide them in starting to answer big questions together in community: Who am I? For what purpose was I created? What job has God given me?
The question, “Who am I?” touches on the Love Mandate. These students face pressures from the culture that may make them insecure. I willI frequently remind my students of this foundational truth: You are a child of God, deeply loved by your Heavenly Father. This truth is foundational to identity! As God’s children, He has commanded that we love him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37). Pursuing academic excellence is a way to love God with our minds. Exercising and making good food choices is a way we love God with our bodies. Creatively praising God for His love through music, prayer, or writing is a way to love God with our hearts. Jesus commands us to love our neighbor, a sign of truly being His disciples (John 13:35). Service projects like birthday cards for special needs adults is a way to show God’s love to those who often are on the margins of society.
The question, “For what purpose was I created?’ touches on the Image Mandate. The New City Catechism asks, “How and why did God create us?” Answer: God created us male and female in his own image to glorify him. In science class we will talk about how caring for and cultivating God’s creation is a way to glorify him. Social Studies and Geography help us to see how God’s image bearers glorify Him in different cultures, contexts, and periods of history.
Finally, the question, “What job has God given me?” leads to the Mission Mandate. I intend to teach sixth graders that they can participate in the Great Commission now! We will pray that the Lord of the Harvest (Matthew 9:38) will send out workers to unreached people groups. In various subject areas, these students will learn how to creatively share the truth of the gospel in Word and deed.