Why teaching? — I grew up in a home where my father was a principal in an elementary school in Oregon, and my mother was a speed reading teacher in a jr. high school. In the evenings, conversations were always about their school day, classroom, students, upcoming events, and problems. I learned a lot by listening about how to be a good student, and how to be a good teacher. It seemed natural to choose the teaching profession when I entered BYU as a Freshman. We all have God-given gifts and talents. I feel that loving children, and teaching them in an exciting way is one of my talents.
Curriculum Highlight — History uses the timeline of Christ for teaching the ages of the world. We begin with the pre-mortal life, and end with the Second Coming of Christ. Whatever subject we are talking about, language arts, geography, math, etc., we relate to the scriptures, timeline, or gospel principles. At American Heritage, we learn of Christ, and we rejoice in Christ.
Why do you love teaching 1st grade? — I love young children. I love making learning so exciting that they are enthralled with discovering and experiencing new things. I love teaching first grade for that reason.
Education — Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Music, Brigham Young University
What have you learned at AHS? — Everyday is a beautiful day for me at this institute of learning. The Spirit of the Lord permeates every hallway, every classroom, and every heart. I seek learning, I seek loving, and I seek the Lord’s Spirit. The more I bask in this atmosphere, I know I want to be more sanctified…more like my Savior.
What Life Experience prepared you to teach at AHS? — Serving the Lord in church callings has been a big factor in my preparations to teach at American Heritage. One of the hardest callings I have had, but one of the most rewarding callings, is serving as a missionary for three years in Paraguay. Serving in a third-world country helped me to see how blessed my life truly is living in America. I learned first-hand to appreciate the Founding Fathers of this great nation. Their sacrifices have provided the foundation for this sacred land of choice freedoms.
“I want to leave the legacy of love. I want my students to remember two things. First, I love each and every one of them for their individual personalities, and for the ways they have touched my life. I am truly blessed to enjoy their endearing hugs, their inquisitive questions, and hearing their sacred prayers. Second, I want them to know that I love my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. Each of us have a divine destiny to fulfill. I truly hope and pray I help each one excel spiritually, physically, and morally, to fulfill the measure of their creation. Abraham Lincoln expressed it the best, “Whatever you are be a good one.”
– Mrs. Anderson