EDUCATION: Columbia International University May 2001
Columbia, SC 29230
Master of Arts: Teaching English as a Foreign
Geneva College January 1992
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Bachelor of Arts: Spanish
Bachelor of Education: Elementary Education
Latin American Studies Program Fall 1990
San Jose, Costa Rica
HONORS: Summa Cum Laude, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
PROFESSIONAL PA Teacher Certification: Spanish, Elementary Ed.
CREDENTIALS: ACSI Permanent Certificate
National Teacher Exam
PROFESSIONAL College Board Advanced Placement Program Each June, 2005 to Present
DEVELOPMENT: AP Spanish Exam Readings
ACSI Teachers' Professional Development Each October, 2009 to
Costa Rica Trip, Intense Spanish Program May 2004
Midlands Technical College, SC
South Carolina Foreign Language February 2004
Teachers' Association Conference
AP Institute in Spanish Language June 2002
University of North Carolina
Teaching English as a Foreign Language Summer 2000
Summer Institute, Chisinau, Moldova
EXPERIENCE: Donegal, PA to Present
Instructor: High School Spanish, ESL, Health, Social Studies
The Lighthouse Christian Bilingual School August 2008
La Ceiba, Atlantida, Honduras to June 2009
Instructor: High school literature, Librarian
to June 2008 Instructor: High school
Spanish, ESL summer program; Assistant house parent
to international students
Instructor: High school Spanish, ESL summer program;
Assistant house parent to international students
St. Andrews Christian Academy October 1998
to May 2000
Instructor: Elementary Spanish
Samara State University September 1995
Acad. Pavlov Street, 1 to June 1997
Samara, Russia 443011
Instructor of English language and literature; student worker through the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
missions trips with high school students and churches
ACTIVITIES Student missionary fellowship advisor
Spanish for Ministry instructor
Drama and Puppet teams
Philosophy of Education
As a Christian school teacher, I believe that I should teach so that my students are prepared in many different aspects. Students need to develop spiritually, academically, socially and physically during their years in school and as a teacher I can help to guide their development. I believe that it is important for me to help students to glorify God in all that they do in every aspect of their lives.
First and foremost I believe in the importance of helping students to develop spiritually. Students need to develop a strong relationship with God and to seek His will for their lives. They also need to develop a Christian worldview that has a strong foundation in Scripture. As a teacher I can help students apply the truth of God’s Word by integrating it in all of the subjects that I teach. I also want to prepare students to be “world Christians” who are ready to share the truth of God’s Word with those at home and overseas.
It is very important that students are prepared well academically in order to succeed in whatever the future holds for them. Students need to have knowledge and skills in a variety of subjects and be able to continue to learn throughout their lives. I believe that students also need to learn how to apply what they’ve learned in practical real world situations. I can do this by making the classroom learning as hands-on as possible. As I share my past experiences in classes, I hope to encourage students to travel and interact with other cultures. Finally, I believe that it is important to integrate the classroom subjects with each other and with God’s Word.
During the school years, students develop socially in many ways. As a teacher, I hope to encourage students to develop healthy relationships with those around them, no matter what their gender, age or nationality. Using God’s Word, I want to guide students to love and respect each other and to be quick to serve one another.
Finally, as students go through the various stages of their physical development, I hope to encourage them to develop good motor skills and physical health. As a teacher, I can help students learn to make wise choices in health, nutrition and exercise that will affect their total wellbeing. I can also guide them to consider how to glorify God in their bodies, as mentioned in the book of Romans.
As a teacher, I believe that it is important to teach the whole student. As students are developing spiritually, academically, socially and physically, I hope to encourage them to strive for excellence and to do all for the glory of God.