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I am the epitome of a true Floridian. I was born and raised in Melbourne, FL. I swam for my first two years of college at Indian River State College. After an amazing two years of swimming, coaching, and working I realized I wanted to focus on school instead of pursuing swimming any further. I transferred with my A.A. from IRSC to the University of Central Florida. While I was living in Orlando and going to school my focus was Art. Even though, I have a great love for art I knew that it was not the career I ultimately wanted to go into. The summer of 2010, I moved back home. My human self expected to go back to UCF in the fall, but my spiritual self knew otherwise. I went on a mission trip in the United States as a leader of a youth group. On that mission trip I figured I would help the youth feel closer to God, however, again my human self was wrong. One of the sermons was on “letting go”. (That was before Frozen came out with the song)
In that sermon God was really pressing me to let something go. I had an internal struggle thinking that I had nothing to let go. Again, wrong. God wanted me to let go of all of the things I thought I had control over (i.e. college). After that trip, I came home and had to tell my parents something that I thought would break their hearts. In reality it made them more proud of me. I was dropping out of school and I was going on the mission field. I didn’t know for how long or through what organization yet. However, I didn’t need to because God had that all taken care of.
A lot of people would say that a year off of school was for “self-discovery,” but I just call it my year that was completely devoted to God. In the fall of that year I went to India for 2 weeks, which was a test of sorts to see if I could do longer term missions. I passed. From the time I got back from India to January, I saved for my three month long trip to Africa. I went to Cameroon, Africa in the spring. Not only did God bless me by showing me that my calling was to teach, but He also showed me that I didn’t have to be alone when following Him. My husband and I had our first date before I left for India. We have now been happily married since 2013 and live in Melbourne. God showed me the career I was designed for, teaching, by: coaching, working with children and adults around the world, and learning myself. I went back to UCF in the fall of 2011 with a completely different outlook on life. I earned my degree in Interpersonal /Organizational Communications, which is a fancy way of saying: speaking well with and to others. I absolutely love people. I transitioned into teaching by subbing and working other part time jobs for two years. In the spring of 2014, I took my Elementary Education (K-6) certification test and passed. I am now a Florida certified teacher, and I hear from God regularly that I am where I am supposed to be.
An amazing coincidence is that I not only get to experience CCS as a teacher, but I actually attended here in 5th grade. I am so blessed to be a teacher at a school thats main goal is to have a relationship with God first and foremost.
My favorite passage in the Bible is: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 It is not the congregation of the specific church that makes up the body of Christ, it is every believer on Earth. Traveling around the world showed me that this verse is so true. “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,”