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New Faculty and Staff: Jodi Hartman

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Worthington Christian welcomes Jodi Hartman as a Science Teacher in the Upper School, specializing in research. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Goshen College in Molecular Biology/Pre-Medicine and a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in Biological Sciences. Jodi comes to us having served as President and Owner of Orthopaedic Researching & Reporting Ltd, a clinical research consulting company. She and her husband, Matt, are parents to Ben, a WC junior this year! Their family attends Grace Polaris Church.

We asked all of our new staff members several “getting to know you” questions; we hope you enjoy learning a bit more about Jodi!

What is something someone might be surprised to find out about you?
I am a pretty good shot with a bow and arrow.

What is your favorite homecooked meal?
Our annual Christmas Eve dinner that we prepare together as a family – shrimp cocktail, beef tenderloin, and twice-baked potatoes. Plus, cherry pie and chocolate cake for dessert!

Who was your favorite teacher in school, and why?
My favorite teacher was Mr. Sonafrank, my 7th and 8th grade English teacher. Although quite intimidating at first, over time, I realized he had high expectations for his students because he genuinely cared about us and our learning progress. I enjoyed his sarcastic sense of humor. His passion for the English language, especially poetry, was contagious. At the end of each year, he took our class on a field trip by train to Chicago, where he guided us through the Art Institute of Chicago and took us on a walking tour of the city’s architecture and outdoor art, with stops for lunch at Giordano’s and dinner at the Berghoff! I credit him (and diagramming sentences) for my solid foundation in writing and grammar, as well as for a better appreciation of art and literature.

Who has the best pizza in Columbus?
Donatos has my favorite gluten-free pizza in town!

If you could quickly and easily learn any new skill, what would it be?
Learn to play the guitar.

What is your most used emoji?

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Through the years, people have shared variations of, “Show me where you spend your time, money, and energy, and I’ll tell you what you worship…” by John Wimber, which I believe serves as a great self-reflection tool on one’s life at any given time.

What is a passage of Scripture you turn to for encouragement?
Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

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