We have been blessed to have several new staff members joining our school community. Mrs. Breah Ponce is joining Grace as a math teacher, teaching a 7th grade and an 8th grade class this year. She has kindly shared a little bit about herself with us in today's Glimpse of Grace.
To get started, please tell us a little about yourself.
I attended Judson University and double majored in Mathematics & Psychology. After a brief dip in corporate America, I knew I wanted to teach, so I went back to school to obtain my teaching license alongside my Master of Arts in Teaching at Trinity International University. I taught mathematics for four years at Morton West High School, during which I had three children. After my third child was born, I became a stay at home mom. I now have four children and am ready and excited to re-enter the teaching domain! I have tutored middle school and high school students quite a bit since being full time in the classroom.
What do you like to do when you aren't working?
When I am not working, I stay very active. Although I played volleyball in college, my new favorite sport is pickleball! I also enjoy reading, drinking coffee, eating ice cream, and playing games with my family.
What are you most looking forward to about working at Grace?
I am thrilled to be working at Grace School! I'm excited to be back in the classroom, building relationships with students and making math meaningful and manageable for students.
Grace Lutheran School is often described as a place where children grow in faith and character as well as academics. How does this apply in your classes?
Even though I am specifically teaching the subject of math to my students, we will talk about so much more than just that together! We can learn so much from each other and from our choices no matter what subject we are studying. My goal and prayer this year is to be a conduit of critical thinking, grace, hope, forgiveness, and love in the classroom environment, and most importantly, a reflection of Christ such that students may grow and develop academically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.