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TEACHER TUESDAY: NATALIE MINCH

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Natalie Minch graduated from Worthington Christian in 2006, and returned to teach first grade in 2013. This year, she transitioned to serving as the Lower School librarian.

How would you describe your teaching style? “I love to create an atmosphere where students desire to ask questions and know more. I want all of my students to feel loved and secure, being confident in the individual God created them to be, so that they may go forward boldly in their academic endeavors.”

What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “Each student is a unique masterpiece, and I have the privilege of working with nearly 400 of them. Finding the time in each class period, each moment of the day to meet everyone’s needs and truly see every student is a challenge.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “The most rewarding aspect is always seeing the ‘lightbulb’ moment. Teaching first grade for the last seven years, I had the opportunity to see that moment as students first encountered success and independence in math and reading endeavors. In my role in the library, that has shifted and I love to see the moment that a student makes a genuine connection with something they are reading.”

How do you incorporate faith and learning? “I believe that the reading we do as children has a unique opportunity to mold and shape minds in the way that no other reading our whole life does. At no other point do we come at a topic with such innocence and curiosity, nor with our neuron development happening at such a rate of growth! This means that influencing a child’s reading development and book selection is a distinct responsibility to expose them to the world that God created. Reading can take students anywhere, and my hope is that by instilling an early love of reading in students, they will spend a lifetime seeking to know God more and see his evidence in creation.”

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