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Hi I'm Rebecca

I am a high school history teacher. I am a graduate student. I play tennis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up knowing I would be a teacher someday. I went through phases of wanting to be a second grade teacher, an english teacher, and finally a history teacher. I have now been teaching World History for the past seven years. I have also taught U.S. History, Economics, Geography, and I am currently teaching AP European History along with the World History. I am also a graduate student pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership. I never imagined I would want to join the "dark side" and become an administrator, however, schools need good leadership as much as they need good teachers. I have felt for a few years that I needed to get a second degree so that when I was done in the classroom I would have other opportunities to work in education. Being in school at the same time I am teaching has helped me become a better teacher as I remember what motivates me to want to learn. I always joke that in my next life I want to be a professional tennis player. I grew up playing raquetball with my dad. In my twenties I lived in Chicago and I would play tennis with anyone who would get on the court with me during the summer. Two and a half years ago I decided to take lessons and ended up joining a tennis team. I now participate on a USTA League team and I take lessons from a tennis pro about once a week. I love the feeling of swinging the racket and feeling and hearing the connection with the ball. It is a great way to meet new people and get a good workout.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that already had the gospel. My dad is third generation Mormon and my mom is a convert. They raised me and my siblings with the gospel principles that are taught in the church. I can't ever remember questioning the validity of the principles taught to me. I just knew they were true. In my early twenties I was living far from home and I became complacent in my church attendance and adherence to the commandments. At one point I decided I needed to make a decision in my life; am I going to live as a full and active member of the church or am I going to live a life totally different from how I was raised? I pondered this question for a couple of months. I knew the church was true. However, I had to make a commitment about how I was going to live. There wasn't some big grand experience I had that made me decide how I was going to live, I just made the decision at some point that I was going to commit to living the gospel. This doesn't mean it has been easy. As a single sister in a gospel whose eternal purpose is to unite families it would be easy to become bitter because I haven't had the opportunity to marry and bear children. I find comfort in the knowledge that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me. I remind myself that they have a purpose for my life and I must find what that is since it is not to be a wife and mother at this time. Everyday I have the opportunity to touch the lives of teenagers who are trying to grow up in a very confusing world. Some days are hard and lonely, but the gospel brings a knowledge and peace that make if possible to go on. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are there for us. Christ came to this earth to set an example, to die for us that we may live eternally with our Father in Heaven. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. If we follow the teachings we read we can lead rich and fulfilling lives. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in many ways in the church. One of my favorite ways of serving is teaching the little children. I have taught the four year olds, the seven and eight year olds, and the eleven and twelve year olds. I always come home with funny stories to share at Sunday dinner about what the kids said that day! I get to learn the primary songs with the kids and hear what the focus is for the year. This past year I had the opportunity to serve as choir director. I sang in a choir in high school but other than that I have no training in directing a choir. It turned out to be a really neat experience. I got to help plan the choir numbers for the Christmas and Easter worship services. I love the hymns of the church and to be able to direct a group of saints singing praises to the Lord was a blessing in my life. Four years ago I moved into a new ward. I was assigned as a visiting teacher. At first I was a little confused as it seemed like I was assigned to visit sisters in the ward who I would have nothing in common with. However, as I visited with those sisters and got to know my companion I discovered that I was forming relationships that became very dear to me. I ended up getting to know people that I would never have interacted with. Heavenly Father knows our needs better than we do and he offers us opportunities to serve that not only help others, but gives us an opportunity to learn and grow. Through our service in the church we are given the opportunity to develop the charity that is spoken of in the scriptures. I have sometimes wondered about the service I have been asked to give in the church, but I have never regretted any service that I have given.