Public School.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”-Proverbs 16:3

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When people find out I am a follower of Jesus, they often ask how I can teach in a public school setting. Why not go private? They say private, religious schools typically have parents who are involved, they have more funding, and that you do not have to worry about being careful about the students knowing your faith.

I have never taught at a private school so I cannot confirm or deny that any of these opinions are typically true or false, but the outpouring of these opinions that have been said to me over the last four years, has led me to believe that I need to give an explanation for why this Christian girl teaches public school.

There are so many reasons from financial to faith reasons…

but the main reason is that I love the extreme diversity of the public school students. They come from all different backgrounds, different families, different financial backgrounds, different cultures, different religions, and different ways of learning, and how they think of education. To me, this is the way Jesus always speaks of and dreams of for our lives. That we are all different but He loves us all and wants us to love each other as well. Many get most of their love and stability at school, and I love that I get the privilege to be a part of that.

I do not think there is anything wrong with attending a private school or having your children attend a private school or even teaching at one yourself. Those students are just as special as the ones in public school and need love as well.

But for all the questioners out there, no, it is not for me.

This Jesus lover finds happiness and peace hanging out with many than the few.

I think everyone finds their purpose somehow at some point in life and God has made it pretty clear that working with the ones who need to be shown serious love, even when it is hard, is where I need to be.

-Kristin