Samford University (AL)
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Hein, who is South African and grew up in Durban until he moved to the states at the age of 19. We have three children -- Carson, 10, Annalise, 8, and Mariella, 7. All three children attend Seven Rivers, and we love being a part of the church and school community.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I love to teach. I love to help students understand concepts, and I love to see the looks on their faces when they finally "get it." I taught my first class when I was a high school senior. One of the math teachers was gone for the day and asked one of the calculus students to come in and teach. I started tutoring in college and haven't stopped. I love watching people learn.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
My students are the part I most enjoy about my job. I love my kids! That is exactly what they are -- "my kids." I cry when they cry, and I laugh when they laugh. I cheer at their games like they are my own. I swell with pride. I love watching them grow from 9th graders into 12th graders. I get to see them develop as people and watch them grow physically, academically, and spiritually. I love my job!