by Lydia Bassett, senior PR/Journalism student
Morgan Miller joined us this year to teach fifth grade. She has a passion for life, and for developing young minds and seeing spiritual growth.
Mrs. Miller lives in Dunkirk, Ohio, and is married to her husband of three years, André. She explained that Mr. Miller has helped her become more involved in outdoor activities, and she now enjoys camping in the summer, snowmobiling in the winter, and playing with their 2-year-old yellow lab, Ruger.
“I love spending time in God’s nature and everything that he’s created,” said Mrs. Miller.
The couple attends Bridgeport Church in Dunkirk, where Mrs. Miller helps with Bible school and Sunday school.
Although she is certain that God directed her path to her current occupation, Mrs. Miller was not always interested in becoming a teacher. She tried to go down other paths, but God always led her back to education.
Before pursuing education, she received an associate’s degree in agricultural business. However, Mrs. Miller wholeheartedly recommends becoming a teacher to anyone considering it.
“It is one of the best careers you could ever do. Getting to impact students’ lives and see them grow, and just getting to develop a relationship with them is amazing,” she said.
Mrs. Miller explained that her favorite part of teaching fifth graders is seeing them grow every day. She loves seeing what God wants them to learn and being able to incorporate His message into everyday life. The opportunity to make God’s Word an important part of education is part of what drew Mrs. Miller to Temple. She said she wanted to be in a place where she could teach children not only about academics, but also about God and His love for them.
by Grace Smith, senior PR/Journalism student
Aubrey Sutherland is the new fourth grade teacher at Temple this year. She is married to her husband Nathan. They have a daughter Paislyn, who is a TCS third grader, and another new addition will be joining the family this spring!
Although this is Mrs. Sutherland’s first time teaching in a setting like this, she worked at the Learning Tree for 10 years.
Originally from Lima, Mrs. Sutherland has lived in this area her entire life. She graduated from Bath High School, and went to the Ohio State University Lima branch.
She and her family attend Lima First Assembly Church, where she helps with the children’s church and also vacation Bible school.
For as long as she can remember, Mrs. Sutherland has wanted to be a teacher. When she was younger, she loved just to babysit and to be around children. Her favorite part of teaching is “watching the children grow,” she explained.
Mrs. Sutherland chose to teach at Temple because, she said, “Having God at the center of all you do is extremely important. I am so glad I am teaching in a Christian environment and that my own child gets to be here as well!”
Some of Mrs. Sutherland’s favorite things to eat are seafood and pizza. She also loves to craft, shop, and spend time with her family and friends.
Christmas is her favorite holiday because she loves the lights, family time and celebrating Christ’s birth. She even decorates early!
Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
by Audrey Powell, junior PR/Journalism student
Chris Hartman is our new third grade teacher. This is his second year doing full-time teaching. Before joining the TCS staff, Mr. Hartman helped with some substitute teaching at Temple last year. He also taught second grade at Toledo Christian.
Mr. Hartman and his wife of three years, Kara, just moved to Lima this year. They had their first child, Chandler, just a few months ago.
Mr. Hartman was born and raised in Toledo where he grew up in a Christian family with three brothers. He attended Toledo University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
Now that he and his family live in Lima, they attend Harvest Baptist Temple in Wapakoneta.
Mr. Hartman is a self-declared sports fanatic. His favorite teams include the Detroit Redwings, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Indians. He also enjoys bowling, tennis and golf.
Since childhood, Mr. Hartman has always had a heart for youth. He developed a passion for teaching, and during college felt called into the amazing ministry.
Mr. Hartman said, “The most rewarding part of being a teacher is seeing kids understand something new for the first time.” He added, “I love witnessing the ‘a-ha moments’ of students.”
At Temple, he likes the fact that he can be a male role model to the elementary, as most of the teachers are female. He said he looks forward to an amazing year with his twenty-three third graders.
By: Grace Smith
Dr. Manuel Morales is our only new teacher at Temple this year! He teaches the Spanish 1 and 2 classes. Originally, Dr. Morales is from Spain, but he moved to America in 1987. He has a wife, two grown kids who live in Wisconsin, and two grandkids as well. He attended Temple University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Morales has taught for thirty years at various places, including Temple University, Lander University, Bethel College, Maranatha Baptist University, and the Christian School of York, but his methods of teaching have always remained the same. He chooses to teach because he loves his students. Dr. Morales says he chose to become a teacher because, “It was God’s plan,” and he chose to teach at Temple because, “It is a great place and they love soccer.”
This past summer, Dr. Morales and his wife went to visit their children and grandchildren in Wisconsin. They love to visit their family. Another one of their hobbies is to spend time reading together. Dr. Morales is a black belt in Taekwondo. Dr. Morales’s favorite color is blue. His favorite food is KFC’s Original Recipe Chicken. His favorite Bible verse is John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” Dr. Morales’ plan for this year is to ensure that his students will be able to communicate in Spanish.
Temple Christian School welcomes you, Dr. Morales. We hope you have a great year!