As the school year came to a close, I was reminded of what a wonderful, loving community I am a part of at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. My history with Immanuel started when my family moved back to the area and I was going to start seventh grade. Little did I know that years later (yes, I am leaving out how many), I would return to be a seventh grade homeroom teacher. In between, I was married at Immanuel, baptized my children at Immanuel and experienced life at Immanuel through a parent’s eyes. Thankfulness is too small of a word to describe the emotion I feel looking back on these years.
When my children started preschool, it was an opportunity to meet other parents and what a blessing it was to grow these relationships through the years. Church services, sporting events, concerts and musicals were chances to laugh, share and cultivate these friendships. More memories include church picnics, out-of-town tournaments and serving as an adult leader at youth events. God brought my dearest friends into my life through volunteering and getting involved at Immanuel. I pray God will lead you to jump into these opportunities as well, and be blessed by other brothers and sisters in Christ.
In addition to fellow parents, I am also grateful for the community of teachers who loved my children and continue to nurture the children of Immanuel. Having worked in the public school at the beginning of my teaching career, it is a different world that is created when teachers can share their faith and the love of Jesus with their students. My favorite moments have been sharing stories with students where I have seen God’s work in my life and teaching them to look for God’s blessings in their own life. When we are focused on our blessings, we can truly experience the joy God wants for us. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
As I reflect on my years as a teacher at ILS, I would like to thank the parents I have had the privilege of getting to know. Thank you for your support and encouragement. To my former students, thank you for the wonderful memories you have given me. To my fellow teachers, thank you for pushing me to be better because you are amazing examples of dedication and hard work. And most importantly, thank you to my Lord and Savior for giving me far more than I could have ever imagined in a vocation and community that I love. “...that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” Psalm 30:12