SEEING THE LIGHT
WC teacher Carole Galbraith reflects on moving to the new Upper School campus
Light is a significant theme throughout Scripture. It is the first “word” spoken by God in Scripture’s account of the creation of the world. Jesus said of himself, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Jesus also told his followers, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14a, 16b).
Light has also been a significant theme for Worthington Christian School. WC’s founding verse is Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Jesus’ words from Matthew 5 mentioned above are the commission for every graduate sent out from WC. WC was created to be a place in which Christ’s light shines and students are sent forth as light.
For Upper School art and ceramics teacher Carole Galbraith, she is “seeing the light” in a whole new way this year.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” This first line of Psalm 19 is what came to Galbraith’s mind as she walked in to her brand new classroom for the first time two weeks ago. The moment she entered this new space that she will share with her fellow art teacher Deana England for the first time, she was struck by a flood of sunshine pouring through the windows that line the room. This bright, natural light was the most glorious of welcomes for Galbraith.
Galbraith, who has been on staff at WC for 33 years, has envisioned this new space for many years. Each time she drew it up in her mind or on paper, there was one common element: windows.
Her former classroom, in which she spent many years teaching art and ceramics to students in grades 9-12, had no windows. She recalls many winter months that felt especially dark as she made her long early-morning commute, worked full days with great diligence and dedication to her students, then made the long commute home in the evening after the sun had already set. In her new classroom, she and her students will be able to enjoy light year-round.
There is a deep sense of joy and excitement for Galbraith and she prepares for this upcoming school year. She is personally excited to be in the new Upper School building as a long-time dream is fulfilled. She is also excited for the new classroom in which her students get to cultivate their artistic creativity. She explains, “There’s something about being able to look at God’s creation that inspires.”