Name: Kara Wait
Role: Grade 4
Credentials: B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Southern Adventist University
I graduated from Southern Adventist University in May of 2019, and this is my first ever teaching placement! I am incredibly blessed to be here, and it was ALL God’s fault. J
While I was student teaching, I just so happened to apply for a random job listing on the NAD education website, and it was this one. A few weeks later, I had a skype interview, and before I knew it, I was flying out to interview here in person—an honor I never even dreamed of. While traveling from North Carolina to Spokane for my second interview, I told God how grateful I was for Him giving me the opportunity to interview at such an amazing school. I felt lucky for the chance to make some connections here and possibly get a job later in my career when I was worthy of the position. So, I told God thanks. I also half-heartedly mentioned that if He was crazy enough to give me—a first year teacher, a nobody—this incredible calling, I would know it was straight from Him and accept it. But of course, I knew that could never happen.
Yet somehow it did, and here I am! I love that God gives us so much more than we’re worthy of. I live by the quote, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” And that concept is what brought me here to PCA. I believe that my call to teach here was nothing less than divine, and because of that, I know that God will guide me every step of the way and equip me with what I need to be the best possible teacher for your students.
One of my favorite bible passages also summarizes this concept. It is found in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. It says:
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
This verse reminds me that it is the eyes of God, not of man or the world, that really matter, and it is He who has the power and the desire to make each of us into his perfect craftsmanship, fully equipped to fulfill our God-given purpose, all for His glory.
I am nothing less than ecstatic to be here at PCA, and I hope to view each of my students through God’s eyes and show them the same love and care that God shows me.