"I want to bring an eagerness to learn into my classroom. I want each child to be able to walk into my classroom and be excited to learn about the world around them, about each other, and, of course, about the Lord. From every corner of the classrooms, to the hallways, and even on the playground, I hope to guide them in the truth of God's Word. And if that means we get to be a little silly by singing, dancing, and making a mess - well, that is even better!"
For today's feature, we are highlighting one of our special alumnae from the Class of 2018! Paige Turney has returned to WCCS as a volunteer in our Early Childhood Program while she works on her degree at Winthrop University. We have been so blessed by her dedication and eagerness to assist our 4K teachers in the classroom and can't wait to see how the Lord continues to use her at our school and for His Kingdom!
College & Degree: Currently at Winthrop University for an Early Childhood Education Degree
Position: Early Childhood Volunteer, primarily in the 4K classrooms
Tell me a little about you and your family:
I started WCCS in 2004 in preschool and graduated in 2018. I am currently a Winthrop University student studying Early Childhood Education. After graduating from Winthrop, my hope and prayer is to return to WCCS in order to guide young students in the path the Lord chooses for them. I still reside with my lovely parents, Dale and Kris Turney, who have been a constant support throughout my educational career and beyond.
Tells us something that we would be surprised to know about you:
I have an avid interest in Marine Biology and once was considering that as my major.
Describe how you feel God has called you to your particular career path:
My call to this path came from many bouts of worrying and uncertainty of what I wanted to do as a career. However, no matter what I considered, I felt like teaching was always something I wanted to do. It was not until I was in the middle of an English class at Winthrop, studying as an English major, that I felt as if God told me to take a step back and rethink my ideas and plans. Suddenly, I was searching online on what it was like to be an Early Childhood Educator and before I knew it, I was sitting in a whole new set of classes at school! I was much more eager and excited in these classes, and it was only then that I truly found myself believing that this is what I am meant to be doing. I feel that God has called me to be with younger children and help not only mold their minds academically, but spiritually as well, as they begin their walk through Christianity early.
What attracted you to WCCS?
It felt very natural to walk back through the doors of WCCS, even as a volunteer. After spending my entire educational career here, I was excited to know that I had the opportunity to help teachers and staff in the place that I considered a second home!
In what particular ways do you hope to shape the learning or spiritual experience of our students here at WCCS?
I want to bring an eagerness to learn into my classroom. I want each child to be able to walk into my classroom and be excited to learn about the world around them, about each other, and, of course, about the Lord. From every corner of the classrooms, to the hallways, and even on the playground, I hope to guide them in the truth of God's Word. And if that means we get to be a little silly by singing, dancing, and making a mess - well, that is even better!
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?
By looking at each student as an individual and seeing how I can try and integrate each child's needs into the class. Each student is different when it comes to them learning, and that is no different with them learning about God and His Word. Make a song and dance to remember and understand verses! Draw or paint a scene from the Bible! Act out ways in which we could be kind and loving to others! There are so many fun ways in order to implement God's Word into the classroom that can be, both, engaging and exciting for the students.
What is your biggest desire for each student that walks in to your classroom or office?
I hope to become a set of open arms for each student that walks into my classroom. I want to be a teacher that students can lean to and become someone they are never worried about coming to in troubling times. I wish to become a guide for each child that I teach and help them grow on the path in which the Lord calls them.