In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout says, “Until I feared I would lose it, I did not love reading. One does not love breathing.” These lines exemplify my own love of language and reading. This passion propels me as I work to foster an appreciation of reading and of good literature in my students. My other passions revolve around my family and home: my husband and our son and daughter.
My undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University included majors in English and Journalism. I later earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. I have served Timothy both as a classroom teacher and as a high school librarian.
I believe teaching is an exercise of hope and faith. I hope my words, examples and actions will edify the students. I have faith that God can take my faulty attempts in the classroom and make something good of them.
I also believe that a liberal arts education has value in and of itself; it is not just a means to an end. A good education makes us more thoughtful, more complete people. A good, Christ-centered education challenges us to use our hearts, souls, minds and strength to love God and to care for His creation.
Teaching English makes frequent object lessons possible. A metaphor can make a big idea easier to understand. A poem can illustrate truths about the human condition and help us realize our shared humanity across cultures and throughout time. A novel can foster empathy for fictional characters which we can carry over into “real” life. Reading allows us to consider ideas we have not encountered before. Reading provides opportunities to discern and discuss an author’s message and world view. The next step, then, is to consider that message in light of the truth of scripture. In the face of moral relativism, such discernment is a powerful tool for Christian thinkers inside and outside of the classroom.