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Hi I'm Keri

I'm a Kindergarten teacher. I'm a leader. I'm a mom. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a working mom. I teach Kindergarten in an impoverished school. I find balance between my love and life at school, and the love of my life at home. I always imagined my life as a stay-at-home mom, until I became a teacher, and was unable to have children. I fell in love with my role in the classroom and the good I could do there. And of course, once I thought I had it all figured out, things changed. I got pregnant and was left with the struggle between the love I'd found, and the love that was growing within me. So now I teach half-day, while my husband raises our son, and then I get home in the afternoon and take over as he goes to work. It's a balance that works for us, even if it's not traditional. I'm also an avid food junky. :) My husband is in culinary school, and I'm in heaven. We're always trying new places, new foods, and experimenting with our pallets. We're both passionate about what we do. It brings richness to our lives that I'm sure influences our parenting and our marriage.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, but that doesn't mean I always knew it was true. I had to find out for myself. I always thought my testimony would come with one miraculous event. But it wasn't that way for me. It came slowly. It grew as I did. "By small and simple things great things come to pass." Throughout my life I had small things, small feelings, promptings, answers come to me that built my testimony, brick by brick. That doesn't mean that life is easy, or that my testimony is set for life. I realize that though the gospel of Christ is perfect, people are not. And I have to remember those moments that built my testimony, when going to church is difficult. But I know that the this church is the true church, that the practices and doctrines of this church are inspired by God. I have lived them and found joy, and lost them and found pain. Like all things in life, my testimony takes work. But it's worth it.

How I live my faith

As a teacher, I use my faith daily in my classroom. By that I mean, I pray for my students. I work in an impoverished area, where half of the students qualify for free lunch, and some come to school without coats or shoes. With poverty comes stressors that most 5 year olds are not equipped to handle, which often results in behavior problems. There have been many times I've gotten on my knees to pray about my students, how to help them, how to reach them, how to get through to them. The answers have always come, and with the answers comes an overwhelming sense of love, both the love that our Heavenly Father has for these small children, and the love that I have for them as their teacher. And I find that I'm able to help them and teach them in tantrums or triumphs because I see them as God sees them. I also go visiting teaching. I have another woman that attends my church meeting that I am assigned to visit and teach at least once a month. I made it my mission to not just fulfill this assignment, but to become her friend. I received this assignment over a year ago, and she is the one face I look for each Sunday, because she has become that friend to me. I gained more in visiting teaching than she did, I think. I gained a confidant, someone I can call up on the phone and have deep conversations with; someone I can ask for help and guidance. And the best part is, she isn't the first visiting teaching assignment I've received that has turned out this way, and she won't be the last. It's just one of the many inspired programs in the church that strengthens its members and connects children of God.