This will be my second year teaching 4th grade at VCA. Between the volunteering as a Sunday school teacher at Vineyard Christian Fellowship and working as a counselor-in-training in the YMCA daycare system, I have over 17 years of experience working with children K-8. I also have one year under my belt teaching 4th grade right here at VCA. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Boise State University and I am in the final steps of gaining my certification from the American Board of Certified Teachers.
I grew up in the Church of Christ until my family moved to Boise Vineyard. While I always knew God and believed in him, I spent a good deal of my life without a very strong relationship with him. It wasn’t until much later in my life that God brought me to the realization that I did not need to set myself right before He would love me. The revelation that the only person putting up walls between me and God was me arrived like a sudden thunderstorm and swept me into a year and a half of intense prayer and study of the bible in a frantic attempt to understand just who God actually was. Since then my faith has only grown stronger, perhaps because it is finally my own. I am the oldest of three siblings. My sister, Rachelle, is next in line, followed by my adopted brother, Justin.
I came to VCA after God thoroughly derailed my carefully planned trajectory towards a career as a Librarian. Once I gave up futilely trying to get my foot in the door of the profession I was sure I wanted and asked God where he wanted me to work I happened to notice a flyer in the halls during Sunday school advertising a position teaching English for VCA. I took it as a (literal) sign and applied knowing that, while I had years of experience working with children, I had no formal training as a teacher. Through a series of interviews, discussions, and meetings wherein the Holy Spirit was unquestionably working, I finally found myself working as the VCA’s 4th grade teacher. True, it is a bit different from the English position I had applied for, but undoubtedly it is where I belong. For the first time I’ve found a job that I anticipate with joy rather than with dread.