I am the homeroom teacher for 7th grade. I teach 7 and 8 English/Language Arts as well as Science. I also teach 6th grade Bible.
I grew up in Southern California and attended Dordt University. I hold a BA degree in Elementary Education with a Theology minor.
My teaching career began in 1979 at CWC in the 4th grade, then I took a break to stay home while raising our children. I am now in my 25th year of teaching.
My husband Al, who is a CWC graduate, raises beef cattle, farms, prepares taxes during the tax season and also stays busy with some lay preaching.
We have four children, all alumni of CWC. Jon works as a Financial Planner in Waupun. He is married to a CWC graduate who also works in the insurance area. They have a 9-year-old son who is in 3rd grade at CWC and a daughter who is in 2nd grade. Our daughter Anna lives in Henderson, NE, and along with her husband have an electrical business there. They are parents to a daughter beginning 2nd grade, a son in Kindergarten and an almost 4-year-old daughter. Our second daughter, Grace, is a Media Marketing Coordinator for Horicon Bank, and her husband is in banking as well. They are parents to a 3-year-old son and are expecting their second child in October. Our second son, Joe, also married to a CWC grad, is the Director of Membership and Programs for the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce. His wife is a social worker for a Fond du Lac hospital. They are parents to a 2-year-old son and are expecting baby number two in November. One of my greatest joys is spending time with our family - especially the grandkids!
We are so thankful for CWC as it has played a crucial role in influencing the lives of our children, preparing them for service and helping them find their place in God's world. We love the fact that we could trust that all we taught at home was reinforced every day in every classroom at CWC and that each of the teachers really cared about not just the academic growth of our children but also their spiritual growth. They would not be who they are today without CWC.
MOST ENJOYABLE AT CWC:
One of the things I find especially enjoyable at CWC is the freedom to help the students see the hand of God in all subjects, especially science, and in His unfolding plan of salvation in history. I love getting to know the kids and encouraging them to use their gifts each day. My goal in teaching is to, along with my students, be awed by our Creator and remember how much He loves each of us and wants us to discover more about Him so that we can serve Him more fully.
FAVORITE BIBLE PASSAGE:
One of my favorite Bible passages is from Romans 15:5-7. "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." I love these verses as they remind me that we are all called to love and accept one another, to build each other up and in this way we can give glory to God. As a teacher I hope to both model and teach this mutual love and encouragement for one another so that we can bring it as a gift to God who gave so much to us.