Why I Teach – Dr. Kristine Wolberg
This installment of “Why I Teach” comes from Dr. Kristine Wolberg, English teacher. A Valor teacher since 2009, Dr. Wolberg has also taught English and literature courses at the collegiate level.
“We train and we teach, we walk and we weed.”
— Treebeard, The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
“O that Christ would be formed in you!” — Galatians 4:19
I love my Lord, I love my subject (English), and I love my students. Teaching enables me to daily develop and enjoy these loves.
I first encountered the Bible in my junior year in high school. The Jesus of the New Testament captured my imagination and my heart. But it wasn’t until I enrolled at a Christian college that I began to see what it means to think and live “Christianly.” For example, a Psychology professor integrated the Bible’s teachings about man with his subject; through Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, an English teacher helped me to understand God’s justice and mercy; a Philosophy prof explained that “All truth is God’s truth, no matter where it is found.” What I learned from Christian teachers continues to bless and challenge me. I have been a student and teacher at both secular and Christian institutions. Whatever the attractions of the secular academy may be, only Christian education unapologetically integrates God’s truth with every discipline and strives to “form Christ” in every student.
I aspire to be to my students what my teachers and mentors were to me–to point my young friends to truth and beauty and goodness, to help them weed falsehoods out of their thinking and lives, and to direct them to Christ, the Best Teacher. My thanks to Valor and my students’ parents for this meaningful and delightful work.