B.S., Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, IA
I am a native of rural southern Minnesota. I was active in my local church and school during my high school years. I attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA, graduating with a double major in Bible and Christian Education. God directed my path to Chester, SC, where I taught elementary school at Chester Christian School for nine years. My family and I moved to the Mankato, MN, area where I was active at Grace Baptist Church in children's ministries and the music program, as well as teaching at Grace Christian School. The Lord moved our family to Prior Lake in June 2004. We have been active in the church since that time. I also taught in the church's preschool from 2006-2008. After being the full-time administrative assistant for the church and academy from 2008 - 2014, I became the academy principal in August 2014.
B.S., Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH
How was it that the Lord saved you? I was saved when I was 5 years old at Vacation Bible School. Even though I had heard of my need of salvation many times, I was convicted of my sin and knew Jesus died for me.
Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since? I was born in Upstate, New York, moved to Indiana when I was 13, 4 years of college in Ohio, and I have lived in MN ever since.
What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? I have directed a church daycare center, taught children's Sunday School classes, directed a children's choir, and headed up a lady's missionary support group.
What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? I have a BA in Education from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, specializing in Preschool-8th grade.
What do you do at PLCA? I am thrilled to be teaching both of our kindergarten classes, four-year-old and five-year-old.
What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? I am the happy wife of one, mother of five, and the grandmother of four beautiful girls and one active boy. I like vacationing with my husband on islands with warm, sandy beaches, and I like to spend my free time in my craft room paper crafting.
What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? My hopes and prayers for my students is that they all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at a young age, and learn to love Him with all their hearts and lives.
How has God used PLCA as a means to bless and grow you? As a parent of PLCA students and now a teacher at the Academy, it has been a blessing to see the school make the transition into a traditional school. Listening to the teachers share their knowledge of spiritual truths and academic expertise with the students is so encouraging. I count it a privilege, and also a challenge, to be worthy of sharing with these young lives.
B.S., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, MN
Preschool Endorsement, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
MN Teacher License
I am a very enthusiastic teacher starting my third year of teaching here at PLCA. I have taught every grade between pre-K (3-year-olds) and 5th grade throughout my 16 years of teaching.
My family includes my husband David of thirty years, three grown children and their spouses, and two beautiful grandchildren.
Adventure, exploration, and discovery are experiences I want to provide for my students. I aim to give each child a wonderful year discovering talents and new confidences that come from learning, making new friends, and working together within the classroom.
I strive to provide an interesting and challenging learning environment where my students will flourish spiritually, socially and academically. I believe it is important for teachers, parents and school staff to work together so that each student can reach his/her potential for the school year.
B.S., Appalachian Bible College, Mt. Hope, WV
M.S.Ed., Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Teacher: Middle School
I was saved at the age of 4. I knew that I had done wrong things and that only Jesus could ultimately forgive me of those sins. I knew I wanted to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
I am originally from Minnesota. I grew up in Mankato and moved to Prior Lake right before my senior year of high school. I graduated from PLCA in 2005. I attended some colleges in Minnesota and West Virginia. I lived in Virginia for three years and moved back to Minnesota in 2013.
I taught 4th grade at Jefferson Christian Academy in Ripplemead, VA for three years. I also coached volleyball and basketball at JCA. I was a basketball ref for games for our church's basketball outreach. Additionally I served in many areas in Riverview Baptist Church.
I have the pleasure of teaching the middle school students. I also coach volleyball and basketball.
My hope for my students is that they not only grow in the area of academics, but that they also grow in their relationship with our Lord and their fellow classmates.
I like to stay active. I participate in runs quite frequently. I hope to one day do a marathon. I absolutely love to read. I am an avid Duke Blue Devils fan.
B.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
MN Teacher License
I was born into a Christian home, but it wasn't until the death of my sister, when I was 8 years old, that I realized I needed a personal walk with the Lord.
I was born in Illinois, went to college in Virginia, taught in North Carolina, and have lived and taught in Minnesota since 1987.
The Lord has given me many opportunities for service throughout the years. It has been my privilege to have taught Sunday School classes of various age groups, interpreted for a deaf ministry, and directed school and church programs.
I continue to take additional classwork to maintain my MN teaching license. I have also had much "on the job" training not only in various teaching roles, but also in many administrative positions.
I stated at PLCA in the 1st/2nd grade classroom, but the opportunity arose to teach the 9th - 12th grades. These grades allow me to have a wider range of influence due to the many life choices that this age group makes.
When I am not doing school work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. I especially like to listen to my daughter play the piano. I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and going for walks.
I share John's sentiments when he states in III John 4, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
It is a blessing to know that I am having a positive influence on the lives of students. In addition, it also helps me grow as a Christian knowing that I have to maintain a good testimony before the ones that the Lord has entrusted to me.