"I am extremely grateful for the middle school students I teach. They are funny, honest, resilient, hardworking, and thoughtful. I truly believe this generation of students has the ability to change the world around us for good, and some are already well on their way down that path."
Position: Middle School Teacher
College & Degree: Kennesaw State University, Bachelor of Music Performance; American College of Education, Master's of Education in Literacy (finishing in February 2020)
Olivia Gregory has been working at WCCS since the 2015-2016 school year. She has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Education in Literacy from the American College of Education. She is passionate about Jesus, her family, teaching literacy, being outside, exercise, taking naps, and eating chocolate. Olivia has been very happily married to Richard for almost 20 years and has four children who keep her on her toes, and she loves with her whole heart.
Why do you love teaching or working at WCCS?
I love teaching at WCCS for several reasons. First, I am so thankful for my colleagues and administrators. I knew this to be true before COVID-19, but it has come to the forefront even more in recent weeks; I work with a group of people who truly care about me as a person, not just as an employee. Second, I am extremely grateful for the middle school students I teach. They are funny, honest, resilient, hardworking, and thoughtful. I truly believe this generation of students has the ability to change the world around us for good, and some are already well on their way down that path.
How do you believe WCCS prepares students for success in college and beyond?
Today's graduating student needs to be able to think critically, communicate well, problem solve, and collaborate in order to be successful in college or any other post-high school environment. I appreciate that I am encouraged by my principal to develop lesson plans that both hit academic benchmarks and stretch the students to think in ways that will benefit them long after they leave our classrooms.
How is faith and learning integrated at WCCS?
I feel very strongly that it is important for all of us who teach or work at WCCS to live out our faith in an authentic and accessible way as we interact daily with each other, students, and parents. I want my students to know that my faith in Jesus is real--and that it is also not perfect. I want them to know as we go through a lesson in Bible class that it is okay to bring questions and doubts to God because He is big enough to handle them. I want my students to see me own my mistakes and apologize for them. One of the most beautiful things about the Gospel is that Jesus comes to rescue us--in all our (my!) mess--and He puts on a journey of thriving in Him as we navigate our lives. This is the message that our teachers want to communicate to our students, day in and day out.
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?
My passion is literacy, specifically 21st century critical literacy skills students will need when the finish school and enter the workplace. My graduate degree is helping me learn more about how to teach this well and in such a way that promotes classroom engagement and motivation.
What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.
Growing: I believe we are at a crossroads as a school and on the cusp of potential tremendous growth, both in numbers and in quality!
Share a moment from your time here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
I love hearing about students coming to Christ and/or catching a glimpse of how much Jesus loves them!