Meet the Teacher: Jill Martin
What is your name? Jill Martin
What do you teach? 3rd grade
How many years have you taught at Dayspring? The 2023-2024 school year is my 8th year.
Summarize your teaching experience: The 2023-2024 school year is my 8th year at Dayspring, and my 24th year in Christian education. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a focus in literacy.
Why did you decide to become a teacher? I love children, and I knew at an early age that I wanted to grow up to be a teacher! I would often set up chairs for my stuffed animals and play “school.” On Sundays I helped my parents teach the 4-5 year old class.
What do you appreciate the most about the Principle Approach? As a Christian, I strive to live my life based on God’s Word and the principles in it. Teaching in a school that approaches education in the same way is exciting! “Bible” is not just a subject at our school, but the Bible is woven throughout all subjects not only as the origin of all subjects, but also as the lens by which all subjects can be studied and understood. I see teaching in a Principle Approach school as an extension of my life’s calling and purpose. I appreciate that I get to go to work every day and teach my students about God and the world He created using the truths in the Bible as the foundation!
What do you see in your students that is most encouraging? What is most encouraging about my students is that they come from homes where parents share the same desires and goals for their children as I do. My students enjoy learning not only about individual subjects such as math, reading, and science, but also about God. It is so exciting to partner with parents in raising up godly children. I love seeing my students make connections between things they have been taught at home or at church to what they are being taught in class..
Why do you love teaching at Dayspring? I love teaching at Dayspring because of its mission and purpose.
How do you teach a biblical worldview in your classroom? From the beginning of the year, I help students understand that all subjects begin with God. Students examine passages in the Bible, think about what they read, and relate it to whatever they learning throughout the year. They are continually encouraged to ask questions and participate in class discussions. God and the Bible are a part of every subject, not just Bible class. I do my best to model the life of a Christian while teaching how to think and reason from a Biblical perspective.
What do you think most students appreciate about your class? Previous students have shared that they appreciate that I am kind, caring, and loving. I love to sing and act. This comes in handy when teaching a class of 3rd graders all day!
What is unique about you, your talents, or interests that you bring to the classroom? I have had teaching experience in several grade levels at several different schools. I think this helps me understand many behaviors kids bring to the table. I also love music and theater. My experiences in those areas are always a plus in the classroom! Lastly, I am a parent of two teen children. Being a parent helps me be a better teacher.
What have you seen in your students over the years that has touched your heart the most? Over the years, what has touched my heart the most is when one of my students makes a decision to accept Christ as Savior. That makes it all worth while.
At Dayspring Christian Academy, we are committed to raising up the next generation of Christian leaders who acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of life, demonstrate a biblical worldview, become citizens of excellence in Christian character and scholarship, and aid in the restoration of America’s biblical foundation. If you would like to learn more about Dayspring Christian Academy, please contact Karol Hasting at 717-285-2000 or schedule a private tour using the button below.