about the teacher
I love to teach, and am a creative, enthusiastic, and versatile educator with a natural ability to inspire students. This is my second year teaching math with Kepler, but education has been my career. I taught French and Spanish for five years in a public high school; homeschooled three boys; tutored other students in Spanish, Latin and Composition. I tutor math whenever I have the opportunity! I am passionate about competitive speech and debate and have coached a speech and debate club for eight years.
I am a Third Culture Kid (TCK). I lived with my family in three states and Malawi, Africa, before we made Colorado home. My husband, Keith, and I were pulled by God into Wycliffe Bible Translators, in which organization we have served for over 30 years. We have lived in Pennsylvania, Quebec, Zaire, Kenya, and Texas, and eventually made our way back to the mountain state. Each of our three sons was born in a different country!
I homeschooled our boys with Sonlight, a literature-rich curriculum, and the whole family loves to read. Our oldest graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point and is married with one child. Our second son, also married, earned a Master’s at Hillsdale College. Our youngest has a desire to teach young people Biblical Apologetics and show them why our faith is a reasonable one. He will begin at Hillsdale College this year.
I earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Colorado State University: Arts and Humanities in 1984 and French with a secondary teaching certificate in 1987. While homeschooling, I discovered an appreciation for mathematics—math demonstrates the order and beauty God built into the world! Pursuing this interest, I earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University in 2018.
I believe that all people are made in the image of God and have the capacity to learn and grow. With the right guidance and experiences, children have the ability to acquire phenomenal depths of knowledge, surprising levels of skill, and wisdom to govern them both. I believe learning should be a source of joy and wonder.
The student is the one learning, so the focus should be on the student, not the teacher. As a teacher, I assist the parents who are ultimately responsible before God to educate their children. I take joy in my students and in their growth, and provide a safe educational environment that allows children to grow mentally as well as spiritually and emotionally.
As a teacher, I have several responsibilities, among which are: to establish and enforce guidelines that help create a learning environment free from distractions or ridicule; to provide clear expectations; to incorporate a variety of activities to assist students in learning the material; to make changes if necessary; and to provide feedback in a timely manner.
Statement of Faith
Because I have lived in many different places, I have attended and belonged to churches in a variety of Protestant denominations. (Indeed, my husband calls me a Methobapterianite!) I am committed to historic Christianity in doctrine and morality. I believe that the Bible is the infallible written word of God, and I hold steadfastly to the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds. I am drawn to the scripturally rich Anglican liturgy, and am a member in good standing of First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, Colorado.