After graduating from Bangor Christian Schools in Bangor, Maine, I went on to further my education at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. I graduated in 1987, with an associate’s degree in secretarial administration and word processing. I then graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and received my teaching certification from the American Association of Christian Schools. I taught second grade for six years at First Baptist Christian Academy, which later became known as Baptist Village Christian Academy. After a few years absence (when I got married and my husband and I returned to BBC so that he could finish his degree), we moved back into the area and I taught English grammar and composition to students in the fifth through eighth grades. When our school closed, my husband and I opted to homeschool our children. During this time, we were introduced to the Classical Conversations model of homeschooling, where children meet together in a classroom setting with similarly aged students and then, the rest of the week, they are guided by parent-directed teaching. Our children participated in this model, and I was employed as the tutor for two Classical Conversations communities (in Sunderland and East Longmeadow) for students from four to twelve years old. I m presently enjoying my third year of teaching at CCS.
I grew up in a lovely wooded area in the state of Maine, where I met Jesus at age five. I grew to love him, and I dedicated my life to him at age sixteen. I read in a book once that research reveals that the most influential people in a child’s life, after their parents, are not peer or human “idols,” but teachers! I want to have the most influence that I can possibly have by pointing them to Christ and encouraging them in their Christian walk.
We have four teenage children, Erin, Sara, Corrie, and David. Our three girls have graduated from high school, and our son, David, is currently a senior at CCS.
Classical Conversations, founded by Leigh Bortons, has a mission statement that sums up my philosophy of education: “to know Christ and make Him known.”
Psalm 4:3-5: “But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto Him. Stand in awe and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and put your trust in the Lord.”