Mrs. Susan Searcy is the new English 9-12, Journalism, and Yearbook teacher. Her family consists of her husband Reed, who is an attorney at The Law Firm of Fitzgerald, Reese, and Van Dyne, and their eleven month old cat, Cassidy. She went to Ohio State University for her Bachelor of Education degree and Bluffton University for her teaching license. Mrs. Searcy has been substitute teaching since 2008, but teaching as a long-term substitute or full-time teacher since 2010. Within those years, she has taught full-time at a private school in the Columbus area and also taught as a substitute at over fifteen school districts including long-term at Bluffton High School, Elida High School, Elida Middle School, and Wapakoneta Elementary.
When asked why she chose to become a teacher, she responded by saying, “Teaching is not just a job choice for me. Teaching is my calling. I truly believe this is what God created me to do. There is nothing else I would rather do.” She was then asked why she chose to teach the classes she does. She says, “I have always loved English. Yearbook and Journalism fit nicely with my interests and strengths as well. My hope is to pass on at least a piece of the passion I have for reading, writing, and speaking to my students.” Her plans for this upcoming year involve facilitating learning and growth for her students, in both academics and character.
When asked about some of her favorites, Mrs. Searcy shared her favorite scripture is Philippians 4: 4-9, which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Mrs. Searcy’s favorite color is brown. As far as her favorite food, she admits she likes Taco Bell, but also loves healthier options like spinach. This summer she volunteered at Royal Family Kids Camp, which is a ministry she has been involved with since 2005. She also is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Some of her favorite things to do for fun are travel, play board games, watch movies, read books, do puzzles, go out for coffee with friends, and browse in bookstores.