September 12, 2022
Faculty Spotlight: Virginia Poe
Today, meet our new Bible teacher, Virginia, and hear her heart for our students.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
As I was discerning my vocational path, moments of reflection revealed that the people who had deeply influenced me in the most formative years of my life were teachers, coaches, and professors. I then felt God’s call to pursue teaching. It is the perfect avenue to pursue my passion for people and for learning.
What are your favorite moments with students?
My favorite moments with students are when they “get it”—when they understand a concept or experience a break-through during a difficult challenge. I also love to see students grow into their God-given potential. Each student has such distinct gifts, and I am grateful for the privilege to help identify, nourish, and watch those gifts advance God’s kingdom.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
I want my students to learn the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus. While there are many things I would like students to learn in my class, I believe knowing the Lord Jesus is the only foundation upon which all other life lessons must rest.
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
I am passionate about Bible because of how drastically my own life and relationship with Christ changed as a result of discovering the richness and depth of God’s Word. Scripture reveals to us God’s redemptive story culminating in the person of Christ—a story and a person that I deeply desire students to know and love.
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
While there are many schools with high-level academics, athletics, fine arts opportunities, etc., few schools will be filled with faithful followers of Christ like Christian educational environments. As someone who did not grow up in Christian education, it is this difference—the people—that I would consider. Ultimately, seek the Lord’s guidance in your decision-making process. The Lord can and will work no matter where your child attends school.
At Wheaton Academy, we believe that students grow to become like their teachers (Luke 6:40)—that’s why it’s so important that 100% of our faculty, coaches, and staff are empowered to speak Biblical truth to our students.