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Gale Pearson’s love of God and of teaching our 3rd graders is obvious, with just one look inside her classroom. Teaching at BCS is a joy “because I can share my faith in God through teaching, and I am supported in my walk with God by Christian colleagues and parents.” One of the things Gale loves about teaching her 8- and 9-year-olds is that they are now “making the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.”
One of her favorite projects is having her students fill a time capsule during the year that they will open after they graduate in 8th grade. The Living Wax Museum is another highlight of the year. Her gentle and effective teaching style draws the students to her, and makes their 3rd grade experience a time of tremendous growth personally and academically.
Gale enjoys aerobic dancing, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and reading. She is also a teacher consultant in the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance.
“As a Christian educator, I look to God for strength, wisdom, and encouragement in performing my tasks. I am responsible for instructing, guiding, encouraging, and supporting students as they grow intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally.
“Realizing that God has given them different intellectual abilities, I need to use a variety of methods in order to reach students at different levels and in different ways. I also need to provide as often as possible a multi-level curriculum to provide intellectual growth for all students.
“We learn about the Fruit of the Spirit (what we have when God rules our hearts)—love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control—and individually reflect on examples of God’s spirit at work in our lives.
“God has called us not only into a relationship with himself, but also into relationships with others. It is my responsibility to guide and correct students in the classroom, hallways, and at recess so that their behavior exhibits Christian love. It is also my role to provide group assignments and activities so that students learn how to work together.
“Emotional growth will occur primarily through modeling. How do I handle disappointment? What is the tone of my voice when someone is rude to me? How do I admit when I am wrong? “At the end of each school year, we reflect on our various areas of growth and praise God for his care.”