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Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month
Celebrating Women's History Month
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Celebrating Women's History Month

MPCS female staff members celebrate the women of our community during Women's History Month. 

March is Women's History Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of women in our community and throughout history. It's an important time of reflection when we can explore the contributions of many individuals, as well as appreciate the diversity within our own communities. In this series, members of the MPCS faculty and staff share more about the importance of women within our school and community. 

This week, we highlight Third Grade Teacher, Jill Brown. 

As a longtime educator, what is the one thing that has inspired your continued passion for education?

My biggest inspiration is always the children. Each year, coming back to school is like starting a new job again. You get a different group of minds that need you. Some of them are eager, while others are not. Some are strong, some not. It is our job to figure out the needs of each group in our classroom and address those needs. No minute, day, or year is ever the same. I am inspired daily by children and their resilience and innate desire to learn. 

Women's History Month Spotlight on Amanda Varner

This week, we highlight Middle School Bible Teacher and Coach, Amanda Varner. 

How does a women’s perspective attribute to biblical theology differently?

When interpreting scriptural theology, the role of someone’s gender is inconsequential due to the fact that God’s Truth does not waver based on the individual reader.  However, when applying this theology to one's life, gender pIays a critical role. I believe that God designed men and woman with intentionality, and therefore, the role of a female is not as undefined as culture would often like for us to believe.  As I cling to the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am honored to fulfill the very sacred and Biblical role that God has called me to fulfill: being a wife, a mother, and a female Bible teacher.

 



 

Image of Stephanie Dunn celebrating Women's History Month

This week, we highlight Director of Admission and Head Coach, Varsity Girls Basketball, Stephanie Dunn. 

How has sports impacted your faith?

My faith has been directly impacted by sports.  As a collegiate student-athlete I was introduced to my campus ministry as a freshman.  I studied the Bible with a small group so in depth that I developed a profound relationship with God that was rich with scriptural knowledge, prayer, and the level of faith that would see me through many trials.  I took on a new life through my faith and study of Scripture.  I was able to join a sports ministry that reached out to collegiate and professional athletes assisting with introducing and growing others in Christ.  I have been able to share my faith as a coach with youth and colleagues in all areas of my life.  It is through sports that I have built a faith-based ministry that has impacted my life and the lives of others in every walk of life.

 

 


 

women's history month, Sandy Hamilton, high school chemistry teacher

In week one, we highlight Sandy Hamilton, High School Chemistry Teacher. 

Why is it important for girls and women to be interested in science?

Science gives us a better understanding of how the world works. It broadens our perspective so that we can make informed decisions about so many things – products we buy, causes we support, healthcare decisions, and more. It encourages questioning and looking critically at issues instead of taking things presented to us at face value. The trial and error experienced in science boosts our creativity and self-confidence; providing skills that will be used throughout life even if not pursuing a career in the science field. Research has shown that there is bias (whether intentional or not) in many aspects of medical research. Historically, females (including female animals) were excluded from medical studies for fear that hormones would skew results. We now know that females respond differently than males to medications and treatment and so many of the protocols and treatments set up due to tests and studies performed only on males did not work for (or were detrimental to) women. Women make up only a little over 25% of the science workforce (according to the US Census Bureau) and without more women getting involved in research, women’s concerns and voices won’t be heard.  Women not only look at problems differently than men, but they also rank priorities differently, which can have an impact on research, health, and the development of new products. When women become involved, knowledge in those fields tend to increase – which is beneficial to us all.