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Miss Sydney Nickerson

James Madison University, VA
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
M.A.T. in Elementary Education

Head Shot LKNC Hidalgo, Mexico, that is where my love for teaching and my love for Jesus combined into one passion. Leading a VBS in the suburbs of Mexico City, God confirmed that teaching was something I was going to pursue in his name. From that day on my passion only grew. I began my education at James Madison University and let my creativity soar in the classes I took in both content and curriculum. My love for children grew in my courses on child development and diversity and I ended up taking my education abroad to Spain. Upon returning I continued my service with a mission trip to the Dominican Republic where I taught for a week in a dirt floor school room. On this trip my passion aligned with a lifestyle; missional living. It was then that I realized that I was being called to be an everyday missionary no matter my title and no matter my circumstances. I returned to the states eager to finish my education and at the end of my graduate year God gave me the opportunity to Student Teach Abroad in Costa Rica. Those 86 first graders carried me through my last 2 and ½ months of schooling and sent me off with a heart full of love and a new found perspective on teaching. To be an effective teacher, one first has to be a soulful learner. Jesus is the greatest teacher and to be the best educator I can be, I can never stop taking lessons from the Almighty Creator himself.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family in Concord or catching up with friends. I spend many days writing, doing some sort of artwork, or practicing my ukulele. I love spending time outside and being in nature is one of my best stress relievers. I also hope one day to travel to Thailand, Argentina, and eventually the Holy Land.