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Teacher, Grades - Kindergarten through 2nd: Mrs. Marianne Allen College: Concordia Teacher's College, Seward Ne; Bachelors in Elementary Education at University of North Dakota, ELL certification in postgraduate school at UND
Experience: 5 years at Grand Forks Christian School (Elementary Social Studies, Math, and Music teacher). 3 years at Manvel Public School (K-8 elementary school migrant English Language instructor, Special Education curriculum coordinator). 4 years at Bethesda multi-grade classroom. Marianne received her Colloquy from Concordia in 2009.
Philosophy of Christian Education: I believe that if we put first things first, loving God, learning His Word and His ways, loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, we will have a safe and caring learning environment in which students will excel as disciples and citizens that make a difference in our world.
Teacher, Grades 3rd through 5th: Mrs. Sarah Phillips College: Bachelors, California Teaching Credential, and Lutheran Teaching Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in music from Concordia University, Irvine, California. Graduated in May 2009 with a Bachelors Degree and completed Credential and Student Teaching in May 2010.
Experience: Student Teaching in a 2nd-3rd grade combination at Lincoln Elementary School in Corona Del Mar, CA. Student teaching in 4th grade at Abiding Savior Lutheran School, Lake Forest, CA. 1st-6th grade Summer School teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran School, Famington Hills, MI and K-1st grade Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's Lutheran School, Farmington Hills, MI and West Portal Lutheran School, San Francisco, CA.
Philosophy of Christian Education: I believe that God's love surrounds us in all we do. With that in mind, bringing God's love through teaching children in a Christian Environment is extremely important, especially in today's world. An environment in which the children feel safe and cared for will make a difference in their lives. At Bethesda, not only will the students get a decent education, but they will also get a Christian education that will impact them throughout their lives.
Teacher, Preschool: Mrs. Kimberly Haertel: College: College of Wooster (1997) , Wooster, OH; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in music. Princetom Theological Seminary (2000), Princeton, NJ; Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in youth Ministry
Experience: Spring of 2011- Substitute Teacher, Hot Springs Public School. Spring 2009 to present - Sunday School Teacher: Pre-K -5th Grade at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 1999 to 2000: Served as Youth Director for Middle and High school students in New Jersey and Colorado. 1997 to 2000: Worked as an Aide at Princeton Theological Seminary's Daycare.
Philosophy of Christian Education: I believe that God is integral in all that we do in the classroom. As a teacher, my role is to be God's intrument of love, grace, and mercy for the children. Teaching in a Christian school allows me the privilege of sharing my faith with the children with the hope of leaving a lasting impression on their hearts. In hope that the children may grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord!!