Education Alumni

 

Anna Harrison Bates
Anna Harrison Bates ’13

 

Current occupation

Classroom teacher, third grade; South City Community School

 

Current residence

St. Louis, MO

 

Family members

Husband, Stephen Bates, '13

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

O-team, core team, Founders council, intramurals.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

After a brief summer internship at LMPC, Stephen and I moved to St. Louis. I was blessed in that I had a job secured there prior to graduation. Though it took a lot of networking and legwork to land a job, I am now enjoying my second year of teaching 3rd grade at South City Community School.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

My favorite part of my job is probably the countless different ways I get to try to bring learning to life for my students. Along with using excellent resources that my school provides, I am constantly looking for creative ways to engage my students. Whether that is sculpting mummies out of clay or making up silly songs about grammar rules, the flexibility of my work environment and creativity I am encouraged to use always keeps me on my toes. Creating a safe, creative environment for kids to explore content in is a challenge, but seeing them become truly passionate about a topic or seeing them draw connections in it makes all the work worth it. Even though every teacher says it, I also just love being with my kids. They can be crazy, annoying, hilarious, insightful, creative and truthful in ways that only children can be. They have helped me grow in my faith more than almost anything this past year.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Covenant's Education Department did an excellent job in preparing me for my work. Though I studied to teach middle school students and am now teaching elementary, the core principles in the department, and at Covenant, gave me both purpose and direction in my career. At Covenant, I was taught that students are image bearers of God, multi-faceted beings with rational capability and creativity embedded in their DNA. I was taught that there are no two students alike and that all children learn differently. These fundamental truths play themselves out daily in my classroom. They effect the way I discipline, the way I plan and prepare, the way I engage with my students, and the way I expect them to engage with material and one another. No amount of training can fully prepare you for that first year with your own classroom, but Covenant gave me a great foundation to build upon and come back to regularly.

 

What church do you attend?

We have been attending a church plant in the city called Midtown. As we are a relatively young church, our involvement currently looks like showing up, simple service (hosting events, serving children, etc.) and participating in a small group weekly. Stephen is currently leading our small youth group while he pursues his MDiv at Covenant Seminary. Church is where we found "our people" here.

 

 


 

Katie Blumenstein
Katie Blumenstein ’10

 

Current occupation

Elementary Teacher

 

Current residence

Charlotte, NC

 

Church

Church of Redeemer

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

JV soccer, education club

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

2010-2011: taught 3rd grade at Barger Academy in Chattanooga, TN
2011-2012: taught 3rd grade at Washington Christian Academy (Olney, MD) and coached varsity girls soccer
2012-Present: Teaching 2nd grade at Covenant Day School, coaching JV girls soccer (Matthews, NC).

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

Witnessing my student’s excitement for learning

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

Covenant taught me to see school communities through the lens of grace. I’m broken. Students are broken. Everyone is broken. Covenant planted the seeds for me to see that teaching is about restoring Christ’s Kingdom with bricks of grace while imparting knowledge.

 

Tell us a little more about your church

Life group member, children’s church teacher, involved in youth group

 

 


 

Ginny Somerville Hudnut
Ginny Somerville Hudnut ’13

 

Current occupation

I currently serve as a fourth grade teacher at Asheville Christian Academy in Asheville, NC.

 

Current residence

Montreat, NC

 

Family members

Husband, Matt Hudnut ’14

 

Church

Trinity Presbyterian Church

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

While at Covenant I was involved with the film club, O-team, was an RA of Chi Alpha, and on the senior class cabinet.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

I am now in my second year of teaching fourth grade. I was fortunate enough to be offered a job in my ideal grade level in February of my senior year during student teaching.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

My absolute favorite part of my job is my students. Being able to be so involved in their development is really a privilege. Fourth graders are the perfect age for me to teach because they are incredibly capable, independent, and excited to take on new challenges, though are still sweet enough to hug me at the end of the day. My colleagues are also a fantastic part of my job. I genuinely care about those that I work with and enjoy spending time with them at as well as outside of work. I am constantly encouraged and inspired to do my job better by those that work at ACA. The community at work is reflective of the community that I found at Covenant. At work, my faith is incorporated into everything that I do as I work toward the mission of the school.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

The education department at Covenant prepared me well for the challenges that I face in the classroom. The most valuable lesson that I learned at Covenant was integrating my faith into my teaching consistently. My professors modeled this Biblical integration impeccably as they formed personal relationships with me and were interested not only in the information that they were teaching me but also my spiritual growth as a future teacher. Covenant taught me immensely about the value of relationships, and I now am able to apply that to my relationships with my students. First and foremost, I care about my students’ well being as children of God, and the academics follow. I am thankful for how I was prepared by my education at Covenant.

 

Tell us a little more about your church

My husband, Matt, and I are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church. We are so thankful for the community that we have found there, especially in people in our same stage of life. It is a very hospitable congregation, and we were welcomed in almost immediately. We look forward to becoming more involved as seeing how God will use us at Trinity.

 

 


 

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"I love being an elementary education major and having the close-knit community of elementary education majors. Covenant’s education department excels at providing opportunities for students to be in the classrooms throughout the entire degree program, even as early on as first semester of your freshman year in Intro to Teaching. I have really enjoyed spending time down at a school in Chattanooga this semester to give me hands-on experience to relate to what I am learning in my coursework."
 - education major Grace Ann Arnold '18

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"I love that I am able to work with kids and that I am in a program that allows me to go off the Mountain and begin to see what it looks like to apply what I’m learning in a classroom. The professors in elementary education are also super phenomenal. They are excited to teach us how to become better teachers and inspire us to be great teachers."
 - Schuyler Moore '18

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