Each of our teachers is being interviewed by Mariano Gomez, a senior at Holy Cross College, who is writing a short biography to tell our teachers’ stories. Mariano is earning Credits for Holy Cross’ “Writing for the Public Sphere” course, which will give him valuable real-world work experience as he seeks to enter the job market after graduation. Covenant has been blessed by Mariano’s work for us. Thank you Mariano!

The bios are being added each week to Covenant’s Faculty webpage.

This week, we’d like to help you get to know our First Grade Teachers a little better…

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Maestra Wilson  |  First Grade Spanish Immersion

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Whether babysitting, tutoring, or providing daycare, Sra.Wilson has always worked with children. Originally from Mexico City, she worked in the New York public schools for 8 years before moving to Indiana in 2004. Once in South Bend, she earned a BA in Early Childhood Development and an MA in Education at Bethel College. Although she first learned about Covenant in 2004, it wasn’t until 2014 that she joined the faculty.

As an immersion teacher, Sra. Wilson enjoys watching parents grow and develop during the school year. Since the first grade is the last year a student can enter the immersion program, many parents begin the year anxious about their child’s adjustment to an all-Spanish classroom. But after a few weeks the children become comfortable and confident, learning to speak the language and growing in their creativity, resourcefulness, and tenacity. Eventually, the parents’ fears give-way to amazement as they grow comfortable and confident in their children’s abilities!

Mrs. Foster  |  First Grade English

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An overhead projector is an unlikely inspiration for a teaching career. But when Mrs. Foster saw her first grade teacher in Fresno, CA using one, she knew she wanted to do the same. Born in Saskatchewan Canada, Mrs. Foster first attended school in Fresno and then Paso Robles before her family settled in Goshen. Even as a student, she realized many of her friends hated school. But Mrs. Foster wanted to grow-up to be the teacher who made learning fun, the teacher who inspired students to explore and discover and learn about the world God has made.

After graduating high school, Mrs. Foster worked at Le Petite Daycare Center and Success Academy in South Bend, but she wanted something more. After earning her BA in Elementary Education from Bethel College, she followed the promise of endless summer to Yuma, AZ where she taught third grade. But in 2015, languishing in the desert heat and missing Michiana winters, she returned to Mishawaka, taking at job at Covenant Christian School and becoming active at Harvest Bible Chapel.

Mrs. Foster deeply appreciates Covenant’s small classes, education grounded in a love for God and creation, and diverse community that allow her to succeed as a teacher. And how does Mrs. Foster know she’s succeeding? Her students don’t want to go on Christmas or Spring break!

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