Meet the Teacher: Sally Armstrong
What is your name? Sally Armstrong
What do you teach? Music for AK, 1, 2, 3, 5, Ukulele Club, and 3rd grade aide.
How many years have you taught at Dayspring? I started in 1988 and taught on and off while raising a family. I came back full time in 2005 and have been here since. Incidentally, I have taught music in both Upper and Lower school, directed choirs (and even a “band” at one time!), directed musicals, taught 2nd grade for 3 years, taught 3rd grade 1 year, “team taught” 3rd grade 1 year, have been a 3rd grade aide, and was a 1st grade aide for 1 year.
What do you appreciate the most about the Principle Approach? I appreciate that it is a way of education which incorporates the truth of Scripture and teaches students to reason biblically and to develop a biblical worldview.
What do you see in your students that is most encouraging? I think what encourages me most is when I see them (in music class or at any time) thinking deeply and really caring about what they are learning, and how it can be connected to God.
Why do you love teaching at Dayspring? For so many reasons! I love the Principle Approach and the way it enlightens the mind and heart, I love that we (the staff) are all part of the body of Christ and work together to share the gospel with our students, I love the family that I work with, I love the students and their eagerness to learn that I so often see in music class, and I truly love being able to worship and glorify God on a daily basis in the classroom.
How do you teach a biblical worldview in your classroom? One thing I always stress in music class is that music is a gift from God. He placed it in His creation for us to use to “glorify Him and to refresh the spirit.” That quote by Bach is a way to fulfill the greatest commandment; to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. If we are using music to glorify God and refresh the spirit, we are using it to fulfill the commandment.
What do you think most students appreciate about your class? Music is more of a “soul” subject than a “mind” subject and I think students find freedom in that. They can be creative and express themselves in ways that they normally cannot in a regular classroom. I think they really enjoy the activities that we do; moving, singing, playing instruments, games, etc. as a break from their regular classroom routines!
What is unique about you, your talents, or interests that you bring to the classroom? I think one thing that makes me unique as a music teacher at Dayspring, is that I have taught so many other things through the years besides music! I know what the curriculum is in each of the lower school classrooms and can (and have!) use my music classes to reinforce things that they are learning in history, geography, or literature. Also, ukulele is a relatively new instrument to me and I think that students have seen my passion for it and how it is easy to learn a new instrument at any age, if you are willing to work at it!
What have you seen in your students over the years that has touched your heart the most? I love seeing their passion for music, and when they express their appreciation to me for something that I have taught them. I truly love watching them grow into godly young men and women, and hear about how much their Dayspring education has meant to them.
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