Office: East Education 124
Title: Program Director of Elementary Education, Associate Professor of Elementary Education
Started at Calvary: June 2018
Professional Information: B.S. (Elementary Education), Calvary Bible College, 1992; M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction), Southwestern chapels of God University, 2005; Ed.D. candidate (Teaching and Learning), Grand Canyon University.
Favorite aspect of teaching at Calvary: I have always had a heart for Calvary! Both of my parents are Calvary graduates as well as my daughter and I. As a matter of fact, I received a letter from Dr. Andrus when I was born that welcomed me to the world and said that he hoped I would consider coming to Calvary when I grew up! Coming on staff here is a dream come true for me!
What I love about Calvary is that we are able to integrate Biblical truth into all of our subject matter and conversations. I love the heart for ministry that is evident in both the faculty, staff, and students as they prepare for a life of serving the Lord. I appreciate the family-like community and look forward to settling in well.
Favorite class to teach: Most of my life focus has been in Christian education. I have taught preschool and elementary classes for 20 years. I have worked as an Elementary Principal for 6 years. I like teaching about everything associated with classroom instruction…learning strategies, classroom management, Biblical integration, differentiated instruction, etc. I also have taught the Truth Project for several groups of young adults.
I also like mentoring young moms and talking about issues with raising kids.
Originally from: Kansas City, Missouri
How did past ministry/professional experience lead to your position at Calvary: I worked for 10 years as the Early Education Director at Summit Christian Academy, then worked on the mission field in Moscow, Russia for 8 years. During our time on furlough, my husband served as the Missionary-in-Residence at Calvary. God began pulling our hearts into establishing this as our next chapter of ministry, so I was overjoyed when a position opened up for me as well.
Ministry/Professional involvement outside of Calvary: We are transitioning back to life here in the States, so I have not yet gotten involved in a lot of extra activities. I worked last year at Blue Ridge Christian School and plan to be involved as a volunteer with them next year as time allows.
We also attend Raintree Community Church, which is actually a church that my husband and I helped plant before we went to Russia. I have gotten involved in Ladies’ ministry events and am a volunteer in the Children’s ministry area.