September 21, 2020
Faculty Spotlight: Abby Woelfel
Abby Woelfel ’11 has been a student of dance for twenty years and a teacher of dance for 10+ years. She is thrilled to use her passion for dancing to glorify God at Wheaton Academy.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
My studies in social work and my high school experience both played a large role in my desire to become a teacher. Wheaton Academy was my home for 4 years in high school. The experience I had with teachers that cared for me and coaches that pushed me changed my life. It is an honor to be back teaching dance in the same dance program that transformed my heart. In teaching at Wheaton Academy, I get to combine my passion to care for those who are hurting and my passion for dance.
What are your favorite moments with students?
My favorite moments with students are when they experience the power of choreography and story telling through dance and movement for the first time. It brings me so much joy as a teacher when students are able to experience a new and unexpected passion.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
I want my students to learn that dance and movement can be transformative and powerful. I want them to know that we, as Christians, have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to create and dance in a way that’s honoring to God.
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
I am passionate about dance because I have experienced myself how healing, empowering, and worshipful it can be. I am passionate about dance because I have seen my students grow in their appreciation for their bodies and for story telling as well as grow in their relationship with God because of the power of dance.
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
Wheaton Academy is a place that cares for the whole person. Your children will be known by their teachers, and—most importantly—prayed for by their teachers.
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.