Developing A Christian
That truth applies to Lyn
Lammers '78 as well. The former psychology major has split her 10 years
at Timothy between first and second grades. Like Bosman, she sees her classroom
as a spiritual training ground.
"It excites me to be at the
beginning of my students' discovery process," she says. "At this age, they
find out some things they can do well. They enjoy school and are such eager
learners. That makes my job easier.
"We start talking to them
about callings and how God can use them. When they begin to identify their
personal likes and interests, that's a good time to help them figure out
how they can practice and improve those skills."
Lammers, originally from
South Holland, Illinois, lives in Villa Park with her husband, Karl '79.
One of her two sons, Josh, is a freshman at the College. When asked about
the number of Trinity alumni who work at Timothy, she cites a number of
benefits that the school offers.
"Many of us grew up in the
Chicago area, so working here permits us to stay close to our families.
The school community is conducive to family life. It's a great environment
to raise kids, there are plenty of extra-curricular activities, and everyone
can get involved. Plus, the school is unique enough to have pre-school
through 12th grade on one campus."
Trinity was a precursor to
the kind of community that Lammers works in now, and one of her goals is
to create that atmosphere in her classroom.
"Besides being close to home,
the College made me comfortable. It offered good curriculum and the education
was excellent, but the people on campus were like a family. The professors
helped us grow as Christians, and the students helped each other in the
same sense. The relationships we shared are similar to those at Timothy,
and for me, teaching second-graders requires connecting with my students.
"Interacting with them and
seeing what they learn never gets tired. It's fun watching them work things
out and solve problems together. They are developing their Christian worldview
by cooperating and sharing their experiences with each other. Every little
step they take helps shape them as disciples."
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