If you’re reading this, you are likely interested in exploring the idea of becoming a teacher someday! Four years ago, I was in the same boat. Now, I am preparing to graduate with an Education in Missions degree from Bethany Global University (BGU). I wanted to share some helpful insight I’ve learned about what it means to pursue this rewarding career.
BGU’s education program teaches students the Montessori approach—it’s a teaching method that’s internationally recognized, allowing graduates like me to work both in the U.S. and abroad (you can read more about Montessori education here).
To help you envision what a career in education could look like, I sat down with a seasoned Montessori teacher, Caren Herringshaw. She teaches science and apologetics at Hand in Hand Christian Montessori Academy—located on BGU’s campus in Bloomington, Minnesota! Hand in Hand partners with BGU to offer hands-on experience in the classroom, giving education majors access to observing and working with preschool, elementary, and adolescent children.
Many BGU alumni have gone on to work at this school, and just like many of our graduates, Herringshaw is passionate about seeing people’s lives transformed through Jesus Christ.
Read my Q & A session with Herringshaw below to learn how educating the next generation has become her calling and mission field!
Question: How did you become a Montessori teacher?
Answer: While teaching at a public school, I started feeling called to the mission field. I thought I was going to move overseas as a missionary. One day while I was praying, God told me to look up Christian Montessori schools in Minnesota. There was only one option, Hand in Hand, and they were looking for a science teacher.
God spoke so clearly; I knew this was my next step.
Question: How are you involved in missions while being a teacher?
Answer: My husband and I are part of a discipleship movement in the Twin Cities. We long to see the nations here come to know and follow Jesus.
I also pursue discipleship at school – it’s valued and encouraged. I teach apologetics and have a student support role (meeting one on one with students). In my apologetics class, we read the Word of God, pray for each other, and pursue the Lord together.
Question: What advice would you give someone interested in teaching and doing mission work?
Answer: From my story, what stands out is being willing to listen to God’s voice and His direction. I learned missions can look different than our original plan. My mindset is shifting to understand that I am not just in missions when I’m overseas. I am learning how to glorify God in the simple and humble moments when no one sees.
Also, learn not to live from your performance. It is a battle I’ve had in my life.
I am learning how to be a teacher, mother, and a daughter of God and not having a mindset of performance. The gift God has so that our joy may be complete is that we abide in Him.
If you step into any type of mission, get rid of your performance. Walk in what he is calling you to do.
For Herringshaw, her path with missions looks like teaching in a school stateside. I trust the Lord will continue to guide you as you explore a career in education!
To learn more about BGU’s Education in Missions degree, click here.