Mrs. McCaslin Equipping her Middle Schoolers
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have memories as a child of lining up my stuffed animals and dolls in my bedroom and conducting class, just like the teachers that I admired as a young student. There are so many teachers that I remember who impacted my life and love for education. As a senior in high school, pursuing a degree in education became a reality as I began applying for college. God began to direct my path toward attending a private Christian college in Dayton, Tennessee (Bryan College). It was there that God continued to develop my passion for education through wonderful professors and Godly mentors.
During my last semester of college, I had the opportunity to complete my student teaching in both a fourth grade elementary classroom and a sixth grade middle school classroom. Before student teaching, my dream was to teach fourth grade, but after teaching in the middle school setting, I realized that I loved teaching middle schoolers more! A month before graduating from college, I began looking at teaching opportunities in both Tennessee and back home in North Carolina. I interviewed for a position at Tri-City Christian School, and the rest is history!
This year marks the 15th year that I have been teaching at TCCS. Over the years, I have taught a variety of subjects and classes alongside middle school English/Language Arts; this year I teach both middle school English/Language Arts and high school Spanish. Many milestones have occurred for me while teaching at TCCS, including getting married and having two sons. Many of my students attended my wedding in 2008, and I have fond memories of my students hosting baby showers for the births of my sons a few years later. I enjoy keeping in touch with many of my former students, some of whom are now married with children of their own. It is remarkable to see the paths upon which God as taken them and to see how God has developed their passions and unique abilities over the years.
My desire as an educator is to equip my students with the knowledge and skills that they will need to continue their education as they follow the path that God has for them. My prayer is that my students will not only develop intellectually, but that they will also grow spiritually as they allow God to shape and mold them into the young men and women that He desires for them to be.