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Modeling Christ in public schools

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We are always proud when our graduates serve the Lord, wherever they are employed.  Here are three stories from current public school teachers who used their education at Central and further training to earn state teacher licensing and represent Christ in the classroom.

13516219_10101114764430511_4417393533945485203_nEmily (Worstell) Kwiatkowski (‘02) (Hannibal-LaGrange University)

While attending Central, I went on a mission trip to Taiwan and met a woman who told me she was the first Bible many of the children in her orphanage ever read.  That has been the most influential part of my teaching career.  With that in mind, I know my goal is to go beyond teaching state objectives and district standards, and also introduce God’s love, grace, and forgiveness to my students and their families who may have never encountered it  before.

I have been teaching in public schools for 15 years!  I started in Sedalia, MO, and taught for 10 years at Horace Mann Elementary.  This year I am teaching 3rd grade at Sterling Elementary in Warrensburg, MO, so I can teach in the same district our son attends.

I have been married 8 years to Shamus Kwiatkowski (Children’s Minister at Northside Christian Church) and we have a 5 year old son, Titus.  I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity to share God’s love in the classroom.  As long as I am in public schools, I know He will be too!

14361432_1100556846646441_9134076172642849590_oCraig Phillips (‘00) (Missouri Baptist University)

More than anything, my time at Central helped me become a confident public speaker. From interactions with my professors, I learned the importance of developing rapport with students and showing them compassion. As a teacher, I have taken the best from each teacher I have known and tried to implement those lessons in my classroom.

I have been teaching in Missouri public schools for 8 years, and the past four years have been at Mark Twain High School in Center, MO.  I teach English, Yearbook, and several English electives. In the past, I have also coached track and cross-country.

At Central, my life outside of the classroom revolved around music. I played in a band called Puddleglum all four years I was there.  We were playing in churches and coffeehouses, telling people how much we loved Jesus.  My wife, Christi, is a recruiter for Pioneer Bible Translators. Our son Kai is seven and our daughter Alex is five.

13615299_10153829957418247_8244518013198877875_nTrisha (Roberts) Jones (‘03) (Hannibal-LaGrange University)

My most influential teacher at Central was Mr. Schantz because he did with a passion what I enjoy doing now.  I felt that all the professors were very easy to get along with and also had a passion to teach.  I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and he helped me do that.

I am in my 13th year of teaching, with the last ten years teaching 4th grade at Bevier C-4 Elementary in Bevier, MO.  Before that I taught 3 years at Tri-County Christian School in Macon, MO.  I have been married to Doug for 13 years.  We have two sons:  Parker, who is 11, and Paxton, who is 7.

Central students and alumni who are interested in earning a teacher license can either partner with another university or complete the requirements through our partnership with the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (www.ABCTE.org).

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