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Hi I'm Celeste

I teach high school English. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small apartment with a large family. Things weren't always easy, and being a teenager seemed like the end of the world. I felt like, being from a large family, I was easy to forget. My dad moved away from the rest of our family when I was 16 years old, so I didn't feel like I had much support at home. Through the Gospel and the love of my Savior, I was able to believe in myself and obtain my college degree. Now I teach high school English, and I hope to be a support to those adolescents who feel lonely and find it hard to believe in themselves. I teach according to the content of my subject, but I also teach confidence. I do my best to be a positive example for the students I see every day, and I try to get to know each of them so that I can help them to see their own strengths.

Why I am a Mormon

The hardest thing I've ever experienced in my life was getting divorced at the age of 24. It was something I had told myself I would never do, no matter what. Unfortunately, it became necessary for my safety. While I knew I didn't want to stay, it still took every bit of my strength to leave. At first, I became angry and bitter. I didn't feel like I deserved to have to be alone, because I had done nothing wrong. Ironically, I isolated myself from most of my friends, and I didn't really like talking to my family, either. It felt like I was being stabbed in the heart whenever I saw a happy couple. I felt like no one understood the pain that I was going through. It wasn't until I finally got on my knees and poured my heart out to my Heavenly Father that I realized I would never be left alone, even if I didn't have a husband. My Savior did understand my pain, and I only needed to allow Him into my heart so that He could heal it. From that point on, I resolved to form a stronger relationship with the Lord. As I allowed Him into my life, I was able to open myself back up to my friends and family. He allowed me to learn things from this terrible experience that I can now use to empathize with others in similar situations. With the Lord's help, I not only overcame my pain, but became much stronger in many ways. Without His gospel, I would have continued to cut myself off from the world. I would have been lost. I know that I am a daughter of God, that He loves me, and that He will always be there to ease my burdens.

How I live my faith

Every day, I live according to my beliefs. I do not discuss religion with my students, but I conduct myself in a way that makes them aware of my high standards for myself. I try to be a positive example to them. Within my church, I work with other young single adult women. I visit with them, organize activities for us to bond as women, and look for ways to serve them. I also enjoy singing, and I like to share my talent by singing uplifting, spiritual songs in church meetings.