"Every student has been a blessing to me and has impacted my life in some way or another. Not only have I taught many students, but I have BEEN taught by many students."
Mrs. Cathy Adkins has been teaching at WCCS for 21 years! Of those 21 years, she has taught kindergarten 5 years, second grade 1 year, and first grade! She and her husband, Gary, have two children, Cameron and Brooklyn, both of which attended WCCS. Cameron attended K5-12 and graduated in 2011. Brooklyn attended 3K-12 and graduated in 2015. Brooklyn attended college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in May 2019. She is currently a NICU Nurse at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville SC. Cameron attended college at North Greenville University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Christian Studies. He continued his education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and received his Master of Divinity in December 2019. Cameron is married to Katie Taylor and the two of them currently live in Wichita, Kansas, where Katie is doing her Residency in family medicine, and Cameron is working as part of the ministry staff where they attend church. Read on to learn more about her time here at our school - she has some great reflections about here time here at WCCS. You'll want to read every word!
Teaches: 1st Grade
Degree: Associates Degree, Tomlinson College; Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood), University of South Carolina
What do you love most about WCCS?
I love that WCCS is a Christian school where we can freely integrate God and His word into every aspect of our day. God has truly blessed our family, and I am forever grateful for the solid Biblical foundation that my own children received from WCCS. That foundation helped to prepare them for the future that God had planned for them. I was blessed to have been a teacher at WCCS during their elementary and high school years, and I continue to be blessed to be a part of WCCS as I teach my first graders each day. I love my job!
Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?
I love teaching at WCCS because I believe in Christian education, and I believe in WCCS and what it stands for. The leadership, faculty and staff at WCCS are awesome and feel like family. We laugh, cry , and pray together as well as encourage one another. I LOVE teaching first grade. At this age they are still so sweet and loving. They are also very delicate, impressionable, and teachable little people; and because of this fact, it is a perfect time to be able to teach them about God, His love, and that they are special to Him.
What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.
Dedication - because the leadership, faculty and staff are dedicated to the mission of WCCS and educating students academically and spiritually.
How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?
WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond because they are building the foundation of their life on the Word of God with a Christ-centered education. The school has strong academics and high expectations for each student at each level that helps to equip them for life after high school as they enter college and beyond.
How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?
Faith and learning at WCCS is intentionally taught in Bible Class, daily class devotions, and in weekly Chapel. It is modeled by the teachers in the classroom and by the other faculty and staff on a daily basis just by the example of the Christian life they lead. It is intentionally taught in all of our curriculum and how we can see God in every subject When God is the foundation and center of all that we do, we are able to naturally integrate/find Him into every aspect of our day and in every circumstance.
As a teacher, what is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students? For staff, how do you believe God has uniquely equipped you for your position here at WCCS?
I believe that teaching is a gift and calling from God and that He even gives you a passion for the specific age that He wants you to teach. I believe that He equips you with specific talents and abilities that you need to do what He has created and gifted you to do, and it is all for HIS glory. When I was in first grade, I knew even then that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I loved to play school and sometimes my two younger brothers would be my students, but mostly my baby dolls were my students! I have always loved children and could easily connect with them. It wasn't forced, and didn't require a lot of effort on my part, it just seemed to be natural for me. They loved me as much as I loved them. I enjoyed being with them. In my family I was the oldest cousin on both sides, so I was like the leader, the one they all looked up to, I was in charge! I grew up in a Christian home, my dad was a minister so I was always involved in the leadership of the children's ministry in our local churches. I worked in summer Christian youth camps. As a young adult I worked in a daycare and also babysat several of the children from that daycare during after work hours. When I got married, there were 6 children in my wedding and the oldest two were 5 years old, the other three were 2 and 3 years old. Everyone who knew me knew how much I loved children. When I made my decision to go to college to become a teacher, and I looked back over the years of my life, I realized that God had started preparing that young little girl who was "pretending" to be a teacher to become an "actual" teacher. That was His plan and design for my life, even before I was born. So through all of the growing up years of my life, God surrounded me with opportunities to work with children in one way or another, and I LOVED it. So, as I stand in front of my precious first graders and pour my heart, soul, mind, and life into teaching them each day, and I tell them that God has a plan for their life even at their young age, and that He is preparing them for the future, I KNOW first-hand that it is true, because that is exactly what He did for me. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future."
What sets WCCS students apart from other students?
WCCS students are set apart from other students because their education is Christ centered with strong academics, and both of these together provides a firm foundation to build their life up on.
Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
Every student has been a blessing to me and has impacted my life in some way or another. Not only have I taught many students, but I have BEEN taught by many students. Lastly, I wish that I knew how many first grader's teeth I have pulled through the years, how many shoes I have tied, how many band-aids I have applied, how many pictures have been drawn for me, how many hugs I have given and received, how many tears I have wiped away, how many times have I heard "I love you, Mrs Adkins," and how many "I love you's" that I have said, how many,,,, and the list is endless. I will never know, but I know that God has kept a record of all of this and more. Yet the most important thing I wish I knew, is how many first graders grew in their love and trust in God because of my example? Have I been faithful to God's calling on my life and the students that He has entrusted to me through the years?