“I love teaching in an environment where I can freely share my faith and encourage my students to seek a personal relationship with God.” - Karla Bower
My son started first grade when the Lower School opened. I became more involved with the school by volunteering and substituting. God made the journey complete when I was offered positions in kindergarten, second, and third grades.
What post-secondary schools did you attend? Degrees held?
I graduated from Roanoke College with a BA in criminal justice and sociology. I obtained my teaching certification for PK-6 from UVA.
What year did you start teaching/working at Faith Christian School?
I began teaching at Faith Christian School in 2008.
Have you taught or been involved in schools somewhere else prior to FCS? If so, where, and how long?
I homeschooled my son for kindergarten.
What are your hobbies or things you enjoy outside of the school?
I love to grow in Bible knowledge by listening to Christian podcasts. I also enjoy baking for my friends and neighbors, reading mysteries, and going for long walks with my husband.
What do you find most compelling or distinct about Christian classical education?
I love how God is presented through every subject and a child’s natural desire to wonder and question is encouraged. I homeschooled my son using classical methods as I waited for the Lower School to open. He enrolled in first grade the next year.
What or who inspired you to work in education?
I remember watching my mom prepare lessons to teach Sunday School each week. I loved being her little helper! She was also a JK teacher for over 20 years and modeled what it meant for a teacher to love her students.
If you have a "life verse" or a verse that is ministering to you right now, what might it be?
I’ve always loved Jeremiah 29:11-13. As I’ve matured, verse 13 means the most to me: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Why do you love Faith Christian School or what do you appreciate most about Faith Christian School?
I love teaching in an environment where I can freely share my faith and encourage my students to seek a personal relationship with God.