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Column: WCS honors its teachers, including two who are departing

Worthington Christian School WORTHINGTON -- This week, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week at Worthington Christian School. Students and parents were encouraged to think about our teachers and show them our appreciation and recognition for th...

Worthington Christian School

WORTHINGTON - This week, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week at Worthington Christian School. Students and parents were encouraged to think about our teachers and show them our appreciation and recognition for the passion they have for education. Our teachers are known for consistently demonstrating their “and then some” approach in the classrooms and for supporting their students, listening to their struggles and celebrating their victories, and for innovating new ways of teaching.
As our school year draws near its close at WCS, we bid farewell to two treasured teachers in our building. We know God will be blessing their transition into a new season of life. They share their departing thoughts below.
Pamela VanKley (first- and second-grade teacher): “It’s hard for me to believe that eight years ago I moved from Chicago to Worthington to teach first and second grade at WCS. Teaching at this school was never just a job, but a mission. Going to students’ sporting events, teasing kids in the hallway, talking to them at church, and even going to their houses to learn what in the world a combine was helped me to show how much I loved and cared for them.
“I have enjoyed my time here and have been greatly blessed by our students, parents, and co-workers. As I move forward to pursue new opportunities, the memories of my days at WCS will stay with me: singing with my little ones each morning on the piano, love notes filling my desk each day, and lots of hugs and laughter. I leave this school feeling blessed and pray that I have had a positive influence in the lives of the children I have taught.”
Joan VandeKamp (second- and third-grade reading/fifth through eighth grade English, vocab and spelling teacher): “Even though I will not be in the building every school day, I will continue to support WCS and enjoy attending the wonderful programs and events in the coming years. As I reflect on the eighth-graders graduating from WCS, my prayer for them as they leave WCS is that they will continue to practice the spiritual disciplines of reading God’s Word, worship, prayer and fellowship with other believers.”

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