Paul Bunyan and I both share the hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota, where I am the second of four siblings. There I attended Christian school all the way from kindergarten until graduating high school, and during that time I saw the tremendous opportunities that a Christian education provides. After high school, I attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa and received my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Elementary Education and Bible with a Middle School Endorsement in Social Studies and Literature.
During my time at FBBC I was given the opportunity to student teach in South Africa, and it was during this time that He showed me that He might not want me to teach overseas. See, I had grown up with this assumption that in order to be most effective for God I needed to go somewhere far away or “exciting.” All that I really desire is to be used most effectively for Him, and He began showing me that I can teach in the States and glorify Him through that just as much as teaching overseas would have. This idea took some getting used to, but God is wise, and it was around this time that I first was introduced to Heritage Christian School.
Right off the bat, I was impressed by the sincerity of their school mission. Instead of just being a “nominally” Christian school, they lived it out! They stood out as a school that is not only academically excellent but also earnestly wants to grow their students more like Christ. After lots of prayers God has made it obvious that He wants me at Heritage next year and I cannot wait to begin my fourth grade adventure!