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Educating students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ

Jonika Hazelett

"I hope to shape the learning and spiritual experience of our students by living what I teach. In our Bible class, we are focusing on being image-bearers of God. I need to live it in my speech, facial expressions, and actions. Not only do we need to focus on discipleship, but also on learning with excellence. I pray my students are overwhelmed by how pervasive the Lord and His Word is in everything we study, and that they will grow to be passionate followers of Jesus."

 

Position: 3rd Grade Teacher

College & Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a second academic concentration in Global Studies and Foreign Language, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Associate of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education, West Virginia University

Hazelett family
Jonika Hazelett with her family!

 

Tell me a little about you and your family:

My husband, Don, and I are proud natives of West Virginia and fans of the West Virginia University Mountaineers. We were married on June 6, 1998, and relocated to Charlotte, NC. We lived in the Charlotte area for 17 years, then moved to Rock Hill in 2015. We have two amazing daughters, eighth-grader Chloe and sixth-grader Lucy, who are WCCS students. Our family has a feisty, fun dog named Hershey. We are members of First Baptist Church in Rock Hill.

Tells us something that we would be surprised to know about you:

I love to sing! I have been involved in singing since middle school and was a member of an elite Renaissance singing ensemble as a high-school Senior.

Describe how you feel God has called you to your particular career path:

There is no doubt the Lord called me to be an educator. I have had the privilege of working with many students and their families. Most of my experience has been in public schools in which I had to demonstrate Jesus's love primarily with my actions. I am very intentional about establishing relationships with my class families. I pray that I am a positive role model for every student and that they know that I love them like my own. This is my first year at WCCS, and I am overjoyed to not only reflect Jesus with my actions, but also with my words! It is such a privilege to have a role in my students' lives that will hopefully lead to their salvation as well as their future endeavors. Also, to be able to weave the Bible into each of our subjects is a gift that I do not take for granted. 

What attracted you to WCCS?

I was attracted to WCCS because of the excellent reputation it has in our community. My husband and I have always wanted to be able to send our daughters to a Christian school. My third-grade teaching position this year allowed this to become a reality. Being a part of the WCCS family came at the perfect time for all of us. We have such a testimony of how the Lord provided! I am so grateful that our daughters and I love going to school! Knowing that our daughters are being discipled, and I am able to integrate the Bible into my teaching brings me overwhelming joy! My youngest daughter is a member of the middle school girls' basketball team which has been a tremendous experience. My class, their families, and my colleagues are all answers to prayer. WCCS truly cares for our students, faculty, and staff. I could go on and on about the positive impact joining the WCCS family has had on the Hazeletts!

In what particular ways do you hope to shape the learning or spiritual experience of our students here at WCCS?

I hope to shape the learning and spiritual experience of our students by living what I teach. In our Bible class, we are focusing on being image-bearers of God. I need to live it in my speech, facial expressions, and actions. Not only do we need to focus on discipleship but also on learning with excellence. I pray my students are overwhelmed by how pervasive the Lord and His Word is in everything we study and that they will grow to be passionate followers of Jesus.

The WCCS mission statement is “educating students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ”. How do you hope to accomplish this as a faculty/staff member?

Our students are more than grades. Of course, we need to thoroughly prepare them academically so they can be fully equipped for life after our school, but we need to also prepare them to spread the love of God and the gospel of Jesus. They need to know how to deal with issues and be able to defend from a Biblical perspective. It is all about Kingdom Education.

What is your biggest desire for each student that walks in to your classroom or office?

My biggest desire is that each student knows they are unconditionally loved by Jesus and me. I want them to be confident that I am in their corner and will do everything possible to support them. My daily prayer is that my part in their life will help support a decision to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.