Located in Pewaukee, WI
Hello CELA families! I am so happy to introduce myself to a wonderful group of families that all share a common goal with me…a challenging, well-rounded, and rigorous learning environment for your children! As a mother of five, I understand the desire to want the best for my kids. Even though my kids are almost all out of the house now (my youngest is a senior in high school this year), my husband and I have built our lives around creating a home environment that seeks God’s truth, directs our children to understand what true leadership looks like, and values continuous learning. As you can see, when I found CELA, I knew it was the right fit for me and know God had His hand in it all.
I have been in the world of public education all my life. Both of my parents are retired teachers, my grandmother was a retired teacher, and many other family members were in the world of education. Naturally, I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. But when my husband, Jim, and I decided to start our family, it was very important to us that I stay home to raise our children. We homeschooled them for about five years total but as our family kept growing, we decided to put them into our local Christian school.
In April of 2004, I went on a mission trip to Thailand where we served a local village that was destroyed by the tsunami that hit in December of 2003. Everything was destroyed so we helped this village with the process of rebuilding their homes but this time they were engineered with a potential catastrophe in mind. I spent some of my time working with children who were either orphaned or lost at least one parent (usually the mom because we were in a large tourist area and many of them were on staff in the hotels) and this is when I knew I wanted to be back in the classroom.
I truly believe that God created a path for me to serve at CELA. When I think back to all of the training I have received about good instruction and student learning, coupled with the experience I have had as an instructional leader, teacher and administrator and then examine the needs of CELA, I know that God had a plan and paved the way for me to serve.
I am extremely passionate about what I do and know that it is a calling in my life. Because I seek to serve Him first and foremost, practice what I preach by being a life-long learner, embrace continuous improvement in my professional and personal life, I have no doubt that I will be able to encourage and motivate our students and staff to seek the same.
Can’t wait to meet all of our CELA families!!! Go Ari!!!!