Name: Miss Shanel Jenkins

Birth Date: 7/25

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Alma Mater: Southern Adventist University

Hobbies: decorating, painting, researching, exercise, and reading

Favorite Scripture: "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:16 

Favorite Color: red

Favorite Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Favorite Song: "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Place: The Beach

What I love most about teaching: helping students reach goals

The best gift I ever received from a student: a 100 piece puzzle that they put together themselves and framed for me. 

The most memorable conversation with a student I've ever had:

Student: Miss Jenkins, you look like a cat

Me: Really? It's probably because I have a leopard print dress on.

Student: No, you look like a cat everyday, you just decided to wear your cat skin today. 


Philosophy of Education 

Wisdom is knowledge in action. It is the application of intelligence, gained through experience in order to apply good judgment in authentic situations.  This is the goal I have for every child that walks into my room; I want them to become wise. However, in order for this high level of reasoning to be developed in a child, there must first be understanding. Students must understand what they are learning and be able to analyze, apply, judge, and relate it to their everyday life. Understanding is the first step toward wisdom. I teach for wisdom and understanding.

            I believe the best way for students to understand academic concepts is through hands on, engaging, fun, active, and relevant activities. I have found when lessons fit this criteria students understand a concept more fully and are able to use skills more effectively in real life settings. I teach about life. 

            Outside of planning innovative lessons that lead to wisdom and understanding I also believe it is important to be mindful of my personal role and the effect my behavior has on the students in my care. I am humbled and honored by the calling that God has given me and I always want to do His will in my life. As a result, I want my students to share this understanding of God, so I teach them how to do so by modeling my relationship with the Father and encouraging them to experience Him for themselves. I believe it is important to include a religious aspect in every subject to show children that God is a part of everything we do and everything we do is made possible through Him. I teach about God.

            Ultimately, I want my students to be wise enough to conduct themselves as Christians in this life while preparing for life in Heaven. I teach for eternity. 

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