Introducing First Graders to Words

Carey Bustard | September 10, 2015


Sharon Strawbridge has been the first-grade teacher at Veritas Academy in Leola, Pennsylvania, for 13 years. She loves children’s literature, crayons, sunflowers, and chocolate. She and her husband have three college-age daughters, who still let her read to them.


How would you describe your work?

I teach the major first-grade subjects to happy, eager 6-year-olds who are excited about learning. These subjects include reading, writing, grammar, arithmetic, history, and Bible. It’s the perfect age.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

I get to do one of the most exciting and important jobs—helping children understand and love words. I am privileged to help children in their early stages of learning to appreciate words and help point them to God. The Bible teaches us that God reveals himself through words, and ultimately through the Word, Jesus. This is a way to show them his character. Jesus highly values children, so loving and helping them to grow and learn is one of the best jobs.

How does your work give you a unique vantage point into the brokenness of the world?

I plan on paper for how everything will work for the year in the anticipation of meeting 19 new first graders, and I want things to turn…


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