What are your hobbies or things you enjoy outside of the school?
I love to hike on the Appalachian Trail, play tennis with great friends, and work in my yard.
What post-secondary schools did you attend? Degrees held?
Wake Forest University - BS, JD
What year did you start teaching/working at Faith Christian School?
I joined Faith as a mom in 2004 and began working here in 2010.
Please briefly describe your journey to Faith Christian School and what attracted you to the school.
A friend invited us to an Open House in 2003 just as the Lower School was being formed. It was our trust in the vision and character of the administration that drew us to FCS. There were no Lower School classrooms to observe or teachers to meet, but we placed great trust in the leadership.
What's a favorite book you've read?
How many books do you have stacked on your bedside table or in your "To Read" pile? Name three.
Twenty??? The Ten Thousand Doors of January, God of All Things, The Permanent Record
Optional: Which superhero would you be and why? Or what superpower would you want to have?
I would like to be able to transport through time and space.
What do you find most compelling or distinct about Christian classical education? Why might you want your own children to have this education?
Christian classical education trains a child to think deeply about everything—something I believe to be imperative in their adult lives. The process of training a child to view all things through the lens of Scripture (meaning: how do I view this literature, this piece of art, this application of science because I know the Scriptures) becomes a life-long habit of considering Christ in all things in their lives after FCS. By integrating subject matter in class they are trained to understand that nothing can be studied in a vacuum and it is necessary to ask difficult questions to dig out the most complete answers thereby training them to be curious, inquisitive problem-solvers. These skills are difference makers in college, in careers and professions, and in life. Christian classical education goes way beyond what one typically considers school education. It helps form the very core of a child's heart to impact who a child grows to become as an adult.
Have you taught or been involved in schools somewhere else prior to FCS? If so, where, and how long?
Wittenberg (Coach, Admission) 5 yrs, Friends Central School, Philadelphia (Pre-Calc, Economics, Admission, College Guidance, Coaching) 7 yrs, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia (Community Involvement, Development, Pre-Calculus, Quakerism, coach) 9 yrs, Westminster Academy, Memphis (Director of Institutional Advancement, Head of School) 12 yrs.
What or who inspired you to work in education?
My kids inspired me.
If you have a "life verse" or a verse that is ministering to you right now, what might it be?
Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Deteronomy 31:16: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
If you have a personal life's mission statement, what is it? If not, how might you describe what you feel called to as a believer?
Love others well.
What three words would you use to describe what we, as a community at FCS, value most?
Family, Faith, and Truth
Why do you love Faith Christian School or what do you appreciate most about Faith Christian School?
FCS is Family