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TEACHER TUESDAY: ALLIE ELIFRITZ

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Allie Elifritz is currently in her second year as WC’s sixth and seventh grade science and social studies teacher, and brings over 10 years of teaching experience to her classroom.

How would you describe your teaching style? “I am a big believer in hands-on learning, and give multiple ways for students to learn the information and display their understanding. My curriculum is project-based and requires students to think creatively and manipulate information in new ways.”

What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “I have to be very intentional about how I spend my time at school, and make the most of every second.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “I love my relationships with students. I love to speak truth into them and let them know that who they are is unique, and to embrace the fun and weird and different. I want them to leave my room knowing that I love them and God loves them, and each of their personalities is perfect, because God designed them that way. The students are why I teach, and why I love my job.”

How do you incorporate faith and learning in your class? “In sixth grade, we start the day with devotionals with our homeroom. I read a daily devotional designed for students, and as I am reading it, God always puts stories in my mind to share with them. My homeroom has heard about my faith as I was growing up, my life as a student and athlete, daily life raising three children, about my personal devotional life, and even recently about my mom who witnessed and brought people joy all the way up until she passed from cancer. I got teary-eyed as I shared from my heart about how my mom poured out her heart for Jesus and for others. After teaching in public education for 10 years, I am so thankful to be able to be vulnerable and share truths about Jesus every day.”

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