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My Vote for Teacher of the Year

In honor of World Teacher Day, which is today, I decided to submit my nomination for teacher of the year. She did not study to be a teacher and never really planned to be a teacher, she doesn’t have decades of experience and she only has 4 students, nevertheless she is the teacher of the year in my book!

My vote for teacher of the year!

Ok, you may have already guessed that I am referring to Christina, my wife of 15+ years. To be honest, we never planned to be a homeschooling family. Christina grew up in the former Soviet Union where homeschooling was never heard of and even today it is extremely rare. Nevertheless, about 4 years ago we came to a point in our family life when we decided to jump into homeschooling.

I can’t say we haven’t had some bumps in the road but I can say that Christina’s dedication and hard work as a teacher, mother, and school principal has been the single greatest reason for our little school’s success! Currently our student enrollment looks like this:

  • 8th grade -1 student
  • 5th grade -1 student
  • 2nd grade -1 student
  • 1st grade -1 student
  • Toddler -1 student

Yes, Christina can multi-task and keep a 2 year old at bay while making sure everyone else stays on task  and that makes her a hero in my book!  Actually, Christina is not only a hero in my book. In Ukraine any woman who has 5 or more children is official called a “hero mother”! I think I like that title, maybe I’ll start using it on a regular basis.

Question: Who would you nominate for teacher of the year?

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

10 Responses
  • Kay Friesen
    October 5, 2012

    Yeah for your support for your wife and homeschool. I am in my last year of homechooling for 23 years. Isaac, our sixth child is a senior. So thankful for the priviledge it has been to homeschool our children.

    • Caleb
      October 6, 2012

      Wow, 23 years x 6 children makes 138 years of homeschooling! Good job! We’re not quite there yet but maybe someday.

  • Ridgely
    October 5, 2012

    What a lovely photo! You get my vote, Christina, along with my daugher, Jessica, who teaches 2nd grade in Newberg, OR!

    • Caleb
      October 6, 2012

      Thanks for your vote Ridgely!

  • Alexander Cregier
    October 8, 2012

    To be sure, my wife Briana! 5 children and one coming will make them 4 that are four and younger. As of now, they are 9, 6, 3, 2, 1. Homeschooling until the end! 🙂

    • Caleb
      October 8, 2012

      I heard that you guys have one on the way, that’s exciting! Is Brena homeschooling them? You guys must have a busy house. 4 and under seems to me like the age when they have millions of questions, How do you guys keep up with them all?

      • Alexander Cregier
        October 22, 2012

        Only by the grace of God. We don’t really think about how many questions, or even that it’s a lot, we just roll with each question as best we can. I think we used to get frustrated, but then we learned that answering them with an intelligent answer satiates their curiosity for a few minutes.

        • Caleb
          October 22, 2012

          I’ve certainly learned a lot from my kid’s questions, they keep me on my toes and keep me thinking!

  • Nancy Suko
    October 10, 2012

    Very nice!!! She also might be one of the most beautiful teachers of the year.

    • Caleb
      October 11, 2012

      I agree with you on that!