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Diana Miedema, Grade 5/6 Teacher

Although my official name is Adriana Miedema, I am known to most as Diana.  I was born in Simcoe, Ontario, the eldest of three children.  My parents, Art and Nellie DeWeger, were warm, sincere, and passionate Christians who encouraged us to speak openly about our faith.  They were also strong supporters of Christian education.  I firmly believe that receiving an education from Christian schools was, along with my parents and church, instrumental in shaping my Christian worldview.   After high school, I attended The University of Western Ontario and earned my Bachelor of Social Work honours degree.  I worked for Family and Children's Services for a few years on a part time basis before I decided to become a teacher.  In 1978, I married my high school sweetheart, Michael Miedema.  We have three children, Matthew, Danielle, and Patrick.

             In 1990, after several years of being a stay-at-home mom, I felt called to enter the teaching profession.    The Lord not only blessed me by allowing me to attend Western University, He gave me the strength to juggle the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, and full time student.  In 1992, the Lord further provided, by giving me a job at Ebenezer Christian School (STCCS).  Throughout the years I have worked at this school, I have been reminded again and again, that this is where God wants me to be.  I can truthfully say that I have woken up excited, on most days, to teach for another day.  Although the work could at times be tiresome; when I felt that I was not reaching the students, when the students seemed bored with it all, and when the marking pile was very high, God always surprised me with a special moment.  It could be something as simple as a "now I get it!" comment from a student, or something very dramatic.  On several occasions the whole class would catch the "vision" that they have been placed here on earth to use their God-given talents to make a difference for His glory.  Or a former student would visit and bless me by saying that they either grew in their relationship with Jesus or gave their life to Him for the first time because of the discussions held in our class. Praise God!

            That is why I believe that the purpose of Christian Education goes beyond the normal expectations for education.
  The purpose of a regular education is to provide students with general knowledge and fundamental skills, and to facilitate their potential to make well-informed choices, necessary to live in our continually changing world.  Well this is obviously valuable, the Christian educator's task goes beyond the teaching of the above elements.  First, these components of education must be taught and thoroughly rooted in the Christian faith.  It is very difficult for an educator in a Christian school to keep separate his or her faith and "philosophy of education."  Christian education should reflect one's faith commitment.  Second, a Christian school teacher must inspire his or her students to discover the "vision" God has for them.  Third, a teacher in a Christian school must convey to his or her students that the purpose of education is more than merely providing for their own success.  The purpose is to learn to use are gifts to serve our God.   

Finally, I would like to conclude with this thought: Christian education is mere words unless it is modeled by the educator. I believe that it is imperative for me to uphold and reflect all that is stated above. The wisdom found in God's Word must be entwined through all of my actions, attitudes, and words.  As the Bible states: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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