Years at CPLS: 2020-present
Education: I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. in 1994. I did a 2-year training program in Orton Gillingham Reading Remediation in 2016-2018.
Why I teach at CPLS: I love kids. I love Classical Education. I love Christian Education. But most of all I love to teach kids who need extra help in reading and math. I have a huge heart for struggling learners and I am thrilled to serve these students at CPLS.
Personal Testimony: I grew up in a Christian family and we attended church regularly. The first time I responded to the Gospel, I was in the 3rd grade at a summer church camp. I had a true child-like faith. I was involved in church activities most of my childhood and was baptized and confirmed at age 12 in a Presbyterian church. In high school and college, I began attending Bible studies and began to grow in my faith. In college, I was a campus leader with Campus Crusade for Christ and participated in summer projects in Hawaii, and eventually served as a missionary in Russia in 1995-96.
When I met my husband, God confirmed our relationship with the fact that he felt called to ministry and so did I. We served in a non-denominational church in youth ministry while he was in seminary and then planted and served in another non-denominational church for 13 years. It wasn’t until I personally began to struggle with grief (the loss of both my parents) and the stress of mothering and homeschooling four children, that I realized there who holes in my faith. Through many years of depression, I begged God for answers. My husband, who also had become burned out in ministry and was experiencing his own depression, began seeking answers as well. Through a sequence of events, he and I both found the comfort and grace we were missing as we affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 2015 and studied their doctrine. We embraced the truths that Jesus comes to us and there is nothing we can do to reach Him. We had been trying all our lives “to do enough” for God and we were exhausted. God met us in our despair and showed us that His death on the cross satisfies ALL that God requires and there is nothing more for us to do to please God or earn His favor. My spiritual life had been fueled by emotion and experience but now I rest in these 5 basic truths that Martin Luther so beautifully outlined: Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria. Jesus did it all. I rest in these truths for daily strength, guidance, and worship.