Lower School Faculty
Years at UCA: 10
Hobbies: Singing songs of praise to God, walking, sewing, skiing, and swimming
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 100
I've taught Kindergarten at UCA for over 10 years. I've taught six of my own children to read, and each year I enjoy the blessing of watching each new child in my classroom experience the joy of learning to read and interacting with God's world around them. Prior to teaching at UCA, I worked as a Registered Nurse at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, and also lived in Nebraska for 13 years where my husband was a pastor, and is now pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Derby.
First and Second Grade
Years at UCA: 2
Hobbies: I love anything that has to do with the great outdoors, family, coffee, and yarn. I especially love these things when I'm sharing them with my husband.
Favorite Bible Verse: "For myself: I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height or depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39
I have always had a passion for young children and learning. I attended Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois where I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Social Studies and Music. There is nothing I love more than to teach young children about the beauty of God’s kingdom. Filling each student with a passion to learn about God’s love and His world is my ultimate goal, and I am filled with excitement when I see each student become more in love with learning and the call that God has on his or her life.
Years at UCA: 16
Hobbies: I enjoy working with puppets, making balloon animals, and spending time with my family.
Favorite Bible Verse: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Teaching third grade has been an exciting adventure as the students learn new information and gain new skills. My goal as a third grade teacher is to instill in my students a desire to learn.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Years at UCA: 2
Hobbies: Playing piano, baking, and needlecrafts
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46
My love of working with children goes all the way back to when I was in fourth grade and started helping in my church as the nursery teacher’s assistant. All through the rest of my graded school and college years, I’ve been involved in children’s ministry in one or more roles. I am so pleased as an alumni of UCA to be able to teach here now and share the love of God with my students.
Years at UCA: 4
Hobbies: I love to crochet and quilt.
Favorite Bible Verse: " 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11
I am a Title 1 teacher at UCA. I provide extra help with literacy and math. I enjoy teaching and I feel blessed to be working in such a supportive environment.