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WMCS Teacher Tuesday Q & A with New Era Christian School’s Erika Crawford

WMCS Teachers are Extraordinary!

It takes extraordinary people, living extraordinary lives to proclaim the truth of the Gospel through their work as teachers. At WMCS we have MANY such people and we love to celebrate them!

Last year we launched, Teacher Tuesday and it was a wonderful way to highlight a very special teacher from all five West Michigan Christian Schools every week. We’re excited to start the campaign again, so be sure to check our social media every Tuesday to see who will be featured that week. Teacher Tuesday is a GREAT opportunity to encourage these PK-12 teachers, drop off their favorite drink (see blog post for what that is) and thank them for their service! Our faculty collectively use their giftedness to teach children how to SHINE and RISE UP to their God-given potential. They shepherd the WMCS students to GROW as Christians and default to leaning on ALWAYS CHRIST. It’s a teacher’s goal to encourage every student to LOVE. LEARN. LEAD.

Celebrating Erika Crawford of New Era Christian School (PK-8th grade)

In the words of NEC Principal, Phil Morse:

Miss Crawford’s classroom is structured and predictable as well as she is tenacious about student learning.

Here I am at my brother’s wedding on Mackinaw Island.

Q: How many years have you taught there? 

A: This is my fourth year as a teacher at NECS. Prior to becoming the 1st/2nd grade teacher, I worked as an interventionist for five months at NECS.

My niece and nephew mean the world to me – Kase and Bailey Crawford.

Q: What’s your favorite teaching moment(s) to date?

A: I love this question! My all-time favorite moment teaching my students was last school year when we were in Bible time one day. We were discussing some of the verses in the Bible where Jesus laid his hands on people to heal them and it came to my mind to practice this with my students. Each student had the opportunity to say their prayer requests and then they were asked to sit in the middle of the circle. Other students gathered around and laid their precious hands-on that student. What made it so powerful was that we all prayed out loud together! Students still talk about it to this day; it was one of their favorite things to do!  

Q: What’s something fun that most people do not know about you? 

I’ve grown to love fishing. Here we are at my favorite spot – Rose Lake.

A: I have a new found love of fishing with my fiance. I am finding that being on the water is so peaceful and the scenery is breathtaking. We enjoy trying out different lakes and Michigan certainly has an abundance of them!   

My fiance Trevor and I right after we became engaged.

Q: What’s the best part of your day? 

A: I really enjoy the mornings with my students! Mornings are a great time to start each day with devotions and turn our hearts to God. Our “Daily 5” time is after devotions and I love it! This is the time where I can listen to each student read in the ‘meet with teacher’ station while other students are involved in reading with a buddy, reading in the classroom loft, reading on Kindles, and doing word work. I enjoy creating activities for my students that are engaging and keep their attention. I want to instill the love of reading in each one of my students. My hope is to create lifelong readers!  

I love my first and second grade students!

Q: What’s your specific favorite non-alcoholic beverage? 

A: I just joined the coffee drinking club this year, if there is such a thing.  I love it and drink a cup every morning! I can’t believe I waited so long. Sweet coffee is my favorite!! 

 My fiance and soon to be step-children, Brianna and Brookelynn.

As a beloved faculty member, Erika is part of the heart of WMCS. We are BLESSED and FAVORED to have her as part of our school family!  

A Small Token of Appreciation

Thank you from all of your colleagues and school families at WMCS!

We have a couple of small tokens of appreciation for you, Erika! It’s two $10 gifts from our two WMCS retail fundraising partners, DIBS! on Resale and B2 Outlet Store Muskegon.

To redeem, please check-in at the front desk at DIBS! on Resale in Muskegon so they can award you this token of appreciation — $10 goes a long way, so enjoy the shop, Chad!

To redeem your $10 off at our B2 Outlet Store, go shopping and then submit your B2 sales receipt to your school principal and we’ll send you a check to reimburse you!

Relocated to a new store in Muskegon in January of 2019, DIBS! On Resale proceeds benefit our local West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS). In the fall of the same year, we also celebrated the opening of our second retail fundraising partner, B2 Outlet Store. Both stores exist to help raise funds for all five of our schools including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian(PK-6), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12).

West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) is a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region of Western Michigan, that work under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality, PK-12 Christian education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Benefiting from close cooperation and a seamless curriculum, our schools collaborate to formulate strategy and execute the necessary plans to achieve, elevate, and sustain Christian education in West Michigan.

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