Get to Know Our Family: Interview with the Power & Grace Faculty

Here at Power & Grace, we have a very close-knit faculty & staff that work together to achieve one common goal: to prepare our students to succeed in life through academics and to teach them the importance of a relationship with the Lord. This post is a chance for you, a prospective parent of a Power & Grace student, to get to know our teachers and the administration. Each of the faculty was asked 4-5 questions about their experience and beliefs when it comes to teaching and children. This is what each of them had to say.

 

Mrs. Katobwa Stallworth- Principal

  1. When did you discover that education/teaching was your passion? My mother was an English Teacher for over 30 years. I remember as a small child, about 6 or 7 years old, watching her bring papers home to grade and me wanting to help her. As I got older, I did help her sometimes! Teaching was a part of my childhood and I believe educating is ingrained in me.

2. What is the most rewarding thing about being an educator?  It is the satisfaction an educator gets by knowing they are a part of the shaping and molding of the future leaders, teachers, doctors, Pastors, and lawyers of the world. It is knowing that you, if you do your job well, can make a huge impact on a young life that can last a lifetime.

3. What do you love most about being a part of Power & Grace?  Power & Grace is my vision come to life. I am so blessed to see it come to fruition. We are educating, inspiring life long learning, and training young minds in Christ!

4. What is the one goal you hope to accomplish with each student who comes to learn at Power & Grace? My goal is to teach each child with high expectations of educational excellence. I want our teachers to take each student as far as they can go, academically and I want them to believe that they are capable of greatness because of their Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Mary Ann Lander- Assistant Principal

  1. When did you discover that education/teaching was your passion?

I realized I wanted to be a teacher in the eleventh grade after watching my mentor, Mrs. Marie Cunningham, my English teacher. Previously, I had always thought I would be a nurse, in fact, I received a summer job as a nurse’s aide because I was such an avid Candy Striper.

2. What is the most rewarding thing about being an educator?

The most rewarding thing for me, personally, about being an educator is watching the children, “catch the magic”. The magic is when they learn to read or understand a concept and they know that they know. I never tire of the look they have on their faces!

3. What do you love most about being a part of Power & Grace?

Power and Grace has such a family atmosphere. I love being with the students and the staff. Having been in a public-school setting for my entire career, I love the Christian element. It’s nice to watch the students and staff start their day with Jesus Christ, and me too.

4. You are an administrator now, but you once were a teacher. Which position do you enjoy the most? Why?

I enjoy both, but my true love and passion is teaching. Again, I enjoy the students and attempting to give them the love for learning, whatever that involves.

5. What do you want to let parents know that are thinking about private education for their child?

Private school is a way of giving your child an advantage, by this I mean the class sizes are small enough so that a personal prescription can be designed for your child. While there are good teachers in both public and private schools, private schools don’t have as many hurdles holding them back from really teaching.

 

Mrs. Asante Zepeda- Pre-Kindergarten 3-Year-Old Teacher

  1. When did you discover that education/teaching was your passion?

I’ve known from an early age that helping people grow is what I love doing. I can remember as a child playing teacher with my younger sisters.  I always wanted to grade the papers and teach them new things.

2. What is the most rewarding thing about being an educator?

I have two. The two most rewarding things about being an educator is watching a child’s growth and the love the children show me. Nothing feels better than seeing a child write their first letter or the hugs they give.

3. What do you love most about being a part of Power & Grace?

Power and Grace is family. When I come to work, it doesn’t feel like a job. It feels like I’m coming here to help my family. We are very close knit here. I love it.

4. Why is early childhood education/pre-education so important?

Early childhood education is so important because it sets the foundation for children to succeed.

5. What do you hope to instill in each child who is a part of your classroom, apart from academics?

I hope that students leave my room knowing to always believe in themselves and to know they have what it takes to succeed.

 

Ms. Kia Banks- Pre-Kindergarten 4-Year-Old Teacher

  1. When did you discover that education/teaching was your passion?

I have been wanting to teach since I was a young girl. I used to play school with my dolls and stuffed animals.

  1. What is the most rewarding thing about being an educator?

Seeing my students grow daily. And at the end of the year seeing all they have learned.

3. What do you love most about being a part of Power & Grace?

I love teaching in a small school setting. It’s just like a family, from the staff,  to the students and parents.

4. Why is early childhood education/pre-education so important?

I believe that the foundation is the key to being successful in school, and that begins in Pre- Kindergarten.

5. What do you hope to instill in each child who is a part of your classroom, apart from academics?

I want all my students to know the importance of learning to never forget that if you have a strong foundation you will always go far in life.

 

Mrs. Jamie Kramer- Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher

1.When​ ​did​ ​you​ ​discover​ ​education/teaching​ ​was​ ​your​ ​passion?

I​ ​have​ ​known​ ​since​ ​I​ ​was​ ​very​ ​young​ ​that​ ​I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​teacher. ​ ​For​ ​Christmas​ ​when​ ​I was young, ​ ​I​ ​asked​ ​for​ ​overhead​ ​projectors​ ​and​ ​a​ ​copy​ ​machine. ​ ​I​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​make​ ​my​ ​very​ ​own classroom​ ​with​ ​students,​ ​desks, ​ ​lesson​ ​plans, ​ ​and​ ​bulletin​ ​boards​ ​by​ ​the​ ​time​ ​I​ ​was​ ​10.

2.​ ​What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​rewarding​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​being​ ​an​ ​educator?

There​ ​are​ ​so​ ​many​ ​rewarding​ ​things​ ​about​ ​being​ ​an​ ​educator, ​ ​but​ ​my​ ​favorite​ ​is​ ​watching the​ ​students​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​grow. ​ ​I​ ​find​ ​learning​ ​very​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​exciting​ ​and​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​sharing​ ​that passion​ ​with​ ​my​ ​students.

3.​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​love​ ​most​ ​about​ ​being​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​Power​ ​and​ ​Grace?

Being​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​Power​ ​and​ ​Grace​ ​means​ ​that​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​family. ​ ​Everyone​ ​works together​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​and​ ​uplift​ ​each​ ​other​ ​on​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​basis. ​ ​Coming​ ​to​ ​PGPA​ ​will​ ​fill​ ​your bucket!!!

4.What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​love​ ​about​ ​teaching​ ​the​ ​kindergarten/1st​ ​grade​ ​age​ ​range?

I​ ​love​ ​teaching​ ​kindergarten​ ​and​ ​1st​ ​grade​ ​because​ ​everything​ ​is​ ​so​ ​new​ ​to​ ​them​ ​at​ ​this​ ​age. They​ ​can​ ​find​ ​amazement​ ​in​ ​the​ ​simplest​ ​of​ ​things.

5.​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​instill​ ​in​ ​each​ ​child​ ​who​ ​is​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​your​ ​classroom, ​ ​apart​ ​from academics?

I​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​instill​ ​in​ ​each​ ​child​ ​confidence​ ​and​ ​integrity. ​ ​I​ ​encourage​ ​my​ ​students​ ​to​ ​be​ ​honest​ ​and kind​ ​and​ ​also​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​achieve.

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