Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Path Taken

If it is serving, let him serve;
If it is teaching, let him teach;
If it is contributing to the needs of others,
let him give generously;
If it is leadership, let him govern diligently;
If it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:7-8

They follow behind me, Father. Lord, please help me with this responsibility, because I have discovered that it does not matter whether they are in preschool, in the Sunday School class I teach, my own children and grandchildren, junior high, high school, or college, children will follow if they have trust in those who are leading. Help me choose the right way. Help me to be a wonderful teacher and source of information for Kelly, that she will leave here with only positive feelings about the path she has taken. Help me never to forget that trust is to be cherished. In Your name I pray, Amen

Sometimes blessings come in the form of student teachers! I never knew that before. I have never taken on the roll as mentor, teacher to another teacher, but I have received the gift of Kelly. Meet Kelly Mulder who comes to West Lyon to student teach with me this semester. She is tall, beautiful, talented and very special. I can tell in just a couple of days that she will bring a lot to my classes and I will look to her to teach this old dog a few tricks too! She was interviewed for the school newspaper soon after she arrived. The following is an article written by a student news reporter for the "Catscratch" at West Lyon.

New Student Teacher at West Lyon
By: Ashley Boom

Kelly Mulder will be student teaching this semester at West Lyon. She will be observing Mrs, Childress who teaches art from eighth grader through senior year. To learn a little more about Miss. Mulder we had her answer some questions for us:

Where are you from? I live on a farm by Steen, Minnesota.

Who are your family members? Holly and Dennis are my parents. Randy and Jerry are my brothers. Becky is my sister. Jerry is married to Kerry and they have one son named Nikolas.

What high school did you attend? Hills-Beaver Creek

What college are you attending? Northwestern College in Orange City.

Why did you choose education? I have always enjoyed working with people and helping people learn to use their creativeness. I like working with kids and I enjoy being able to spread my passion about art to them.

What is your favorite book/movie/music genre/food?
Favorite Book: I have way to many to list because I love to read, but my favorite author is Ted Dekker. I am currently reading the Twilight series and I like them too!
Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Music Genre: Almost anything, but I really like country.
Food: Steak and Potatoes with Applesauce

What are your hobbies? I enjoy painting, fishing, water skiing, playing cards, running, volleyball, and basketball.

How do you like West Lyon so far? It’s only my first week, but it has been great so far. I think West Lyon is a very good school and everyone is really welcoming! I look forward to learning a lot here during this semester.

What are your future plans? I hope to find a job teaching art somewhere close to home.

Welcome to West Lyon Miss. Mulder!


God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

I'm certain that ask you ask the Father to help you with this new role that He will indeed.

It sounds like you've been very blessed with the teacher help that will come from Kelly. What a gift and blessing to have such wonderful help.

I'm sure it will be awesome for you Carol. Praying for you,

Billy Coffey said...

My wife still remembers her student teaching. She was fortunate enough to have a caring and wise mentor to ease her from college student to teacher. Others weren't so lucky.

Luckily for Kelly, though, she has you...

janelle said...

Trusting that God has blessings in store for both of you.

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

Hey, thanks for adding the prayer request to my blog. I was doing 'homeschool' with my kindergartner and then checked my blog...I had no idea about Paul....thanks for letting me know. Hugs, Sarah

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

Please help me!
I don't know if you read my post, but I have no idea what I am doing...I am not a teacher and my husband and I decided to withdraw Hannah from Kindergarten, but I don't know how to homeschool her for the remainder of the year....I'm so I work on reading or math? Reading I assume is more important....I need help!

Susan S. said...

Sounds like you BOTH got lucky to have each other. Have an awesome weekend!