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Hi I'm Corinne

I teach teenagers with disabilities. I love the thrill of learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I play the violin, french horn, and ukulele, draw and paint, crochet, join church service projects, run, train my dog, and sing while doing the dishes! I love to try new things. When something catches my interest I often joke with my husband that "if I could do everything, I would... (blow glass, have a greenhouse, etc.). The world is full of opportunities! I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, who is graduating soon and we are preparing to welcome our first baby! Special education is a great career. I was inspired to pursue it by my sweet little sister who has Down Syndrome. I love discovering the unique personality of each student and helping them learn. My first months teaching were the hardest experience of my life because it demanded more time, sensitivity, accountability and organization than anything I had ever done. However, in teaching I lose myself and find purpose. It also adds humor and variety to every day. I think it has been good preparation for caring for my own children, and even when I become a full-time mom I hope to stay involved with children with disabilities in the community.

Why I am a Mormon

The joys of this life--family, learning, the beauty of nature and art, helping others--as well as its challenges, are given to us by a loving and understanding Father in Heaven for a purpose. He wants us to return to Him and become like Him. Every human being has infinite potential; the things we learn and do in this life are only a hint of our eternal existence. Being a Mormon is what gives me this perspective--that I can take what I learn now with me and build it into even greater things and that everything has purpose. By living worthily I will be with my husband, parents, siblings, and future children forever, which is the greatest blessing. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not only gives me an appreciation for the purposes of life, but provides direct opportunities to achieve those purposes through service. Each member gives time and resources without monetary gain to help teach, lead, and organize the church and this is how the church runs--by unpaid individuals all giving to each other. The Church has also taught me the role of the Atonement of Christ. Because He was perfect and suffered and died for us, we will be resurrected, we can be forgiven of mistakes, and we can draw from His strength for the challenges we face. Because I know He is all-powerful, I have confidence that with His help, anything that is right, is possible. In order to fully access the power of the Savior's Atonement, we need to be baptized and confirmed by proper authority, which authority is found today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the kindest wife, neighbor and teacher I can, accepting opportunities to serve or teach at church, striving to work hard and be productive, and keeping my actions clean, honest and uplifting. Mark 9:37 says "Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me." As we receive our first child, I hope to do it in Christ's name by loving my son as Christ loves him, and teaching him about Christ. I know that keeping our family centered on Him and His gospel will bring us happiness and give my son the strength he will need. Personal prayer and scripture study help me in these efforts every day.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

The Church has brought out the best in me as a woman, and I have seen it do so for many others. Knowing the love of the Savior for us gives us confidence, and having an indispensable role in the family and Church organization gives us purpose. As a child and teenager, I had great spiritual, educational and social experiences in church programs, including leadership positions. I learned to love being a girl and to act in ways that lift myself and people around me up. Although we emphasize the most important responsibility of women--to love and nurture our families--we also encourage other positive goals for women such as education, serving missions, developing talents, staying healthy, volunteering and working. Girls and women in the Church are vibrant and diverse in our interests and personalities. May I add that as a Mormon woman, I deeply appreciate Mormon men--in no other group have I so consistently met boys and men who are respectful, responsible, cheerful, trustworthy and selfless. Men and women work in unity to fulfill our different, but equally important roles and benefit each other. Show more Show less