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Making the Grade

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Summit County Christian School teacher, Debbie Russell

Debbie Russell has been teaching prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade at Summit County Christian School for 13 years. She now teaches prekindergarten and kindergarten.Inspiration: I was drawn toward teaching at an early age, and that desire lasted throughout my middle school and high school years. I remember sitting in study hall designing my kindergarten classroom. It was not until I had my first child, Alan, who helped me rediscover my love for teaching, that I surrendered to my desire.

Motivation: I enjoy walking hand in hand with families in shepherding their children. My goal is not only to work with students, but with families. We partner together to provide children with a strong foundation that will last a lifetime. Philosophy: My teaching is based on Biblical principles. While facts may soon be forgotten, principles are the foundation that will last a lifetime. It is amazing how one can draw character and moral principles from every subject.I encourage internal motivation and self-government, as opposed to external motivation. I am in the business of restoring thinking and reasoning skills to our children. I hold high standards for my students. I do not hesitate to correct my students for fear of hurting their self-esteem. My students are individuals. They have different needs and learn in different ways. I take the tutorial approach, meeting each child where he is.

Modern challenges: The toughest thing about being an educator today is competing with the world’s standards. Our children have learned to expect immediate gratification and external motivation. I believe that this results in the poor work ethics we see today. Our society is preoccupied with the idea of self-esteem. This leads to the undercorrection of children. I have found that children who have been taught this way have difficulty handling correction and failure. They need to learn to handle failure and use it as a learning tool.Accomplishments: I raised three sons of good character who make wise choices and live successful, productive lives.Role models: Jesus Christ (the Master Teacher), Mrs. Kauffman (my kindergarten teacher) and Connie Moody (my administrator).

If I had $100,000: I would use it to build or purchase a building of our own.Extracurricular: I like to spend time with family and friends, explore new places, and scrapbook.- Julie Sutor

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