Q: Tell us about yourself and what you teach at LUOA!
Mrs. Taylor: I am Chrisi Taylor, child of God, wife to Shannon, mom to Caleb (our son), mom to Jaycie Grace (our daughter), and mom to Max (our fur baby). I love to serve God, spend time with my family and friends, enjoy contemporary Christian music, movies, coffee, traveling, sports, going on new adventures, and attempting Pinterest projects. We like to visit Orlando and my kids love the theme parks. I love them, too, but fear roller coasters and scary rides. I have been a part of the LUOA Family for almost six years and have fifteen years of teaching experience. I am honored to currently be an LUOA elementary teacher. Also, I teach the LUOA high school enhanced history classes which includes World History I, World History II, U.S. History, Virginia History, and Government. Also, this past year, I became an Instructional Mentor to other LUOA educators as well as the Beta Club sponsor.
Q: What drew you to teaching and why did you choose to teach online?
Mrs. Taylor: From a young age and as an only child, I often pretended to be a teacher and have “school” with my stuffed animals and dolls. I always remember having the desire to be a teacher. My mom, who is such an inspiration to me, was also a teacher. She said teaching wasn’t a job but rather her calling and she never saw it as work. As I was growing up, I was blessed to have some special teachers who inspired my goal to become an educator. At an older age, I was able to begin serving as a children’s church teacher and Sunday school teacher. I also enjoyed teaching VBS every summer at our church. I had a desire to help others, encourage them, and share Christ’s love. I felt that being a teacher would allow me to share these things with others each day. Prior to teaching at LUOA, I taught in two Christian schools within a traditional brick and mortar setting. I worked with kids in a variety of grades as well as designing a gifted program. At one of the schools, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, Mrs. Kelley Niblett was my assistant principal. The same year that God called Mrs. Niblett to join the LUOA Family in Lynchburg, He had an opportunity for my family to move from South Atlanta to North Georgia. We were excited to live closer to my parents and grandmother. I realized though that I would not be teaching and felt a little lost. However, God’s plans were so much better. Mrs. Niblett contacted me not long after I realized we’d be moving and let me know that there was a position open at LUOA. That was almost six years ago, and I’ve been honored to be a part of the LUOA Family ever since. It always amazes me how God has everything worked out for our lives, He’s such a good, good Father! I was drawn to teach online with LUOA because it shares my mission to help train this generation to impact the world for Christ. I love that God has provided a way to using technology to open my classroom doors to the world. I can teach students both in the United States and in other countries, too. I was drawn to teach online because of the amazing opportunities that are provided to both the students, teachers, families, and everyone involved in the process.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
Mrs. Taylor: There are so many favorite parts of my job. Among these favorites are working with my students and their families throughout the world. I love to see my students’ work, assignments, and their messages. Another favorite is when students and their families share their prayer requests with me. I am so honored to pray for them. Also, I love when families share parts of their lives with me such as when they are volunteering at church, sports activities, and travel fun. My favorite part of my job is working with the LUOA Family that God has put together. Another one of my favorites is working with my fellow teacher friends here at LUOA such as Kelly Griffith. While I am in Georgia, she is in Virginia, but it literally feels like she’s the teacher across the hall from my classroom. We can work together in planning out devotions and activities for our students. We are also able to pray for each other and our classes, too. Another favorite is that I can teach from anywhere—I can work outside as I view God’s amazing beauty and creation or from virtually anywhere as long as I have an internet connection.
Q: What’s your best day as a teacher look like? What does your worst day look like?
Mrs. Taylor: I believe that every day is a gift from God, and I should use it as a gift back to Him. Of course, as a human, I know that some days may be harder than others. I am so thankful our Savior goes before us in all things. My best day as a teacher is any day that I am getting to serve as an LUOA educator! My best day as a teacher also includes any day that I get to read and grade my students’ work and assignments. The icing on the cake is when I get to talk to my students and their families through messages, live sessions, and by phone. I always love to hear about my students, their interests, and about their families. The best is when a student shares with me that they have accepted Christ as their Savior! Perhaps my worst day as a teacher is maybe when my own kids wake up and are sick. These are the days that I realize that I am going to have to adjust my teaching schedule a little bit. However, there are always blessings in tough times. Even on my days that bring struggles or trials, I am so thankful that I get to serve God through LUOA.
Q: What’s it like to be an online teacher? Not having the luxury of knowing your students like you would face to face.
Mrs. Taylor: Being an online teacher is certainly different as your school family isn’t meeting in the same physical building and classrooms each day. However, to me being a teacher is all about the relationships and the same is very true as being an online teacher. At LUOA, we can build relationships through the love of Jesus in our classes and connections that we make with one another. There are many other outlets to connect with students and their families such as the messaging system, live sessions, phone calls, sending snail mail, and of course through prayer.
Q: How much time do you spend on classes each week?
Mrs. Taylor: It really varies depending on the time of year. However, I generally spend about 30 to 35 hours per week. I normally divide up my time with different parts of my job including grading, responding to messages, preparing lesson and powerpoint presentations, and working with my fellow LUOA family on videos and devotions for our students.
Q: Was your own education through Liberty?
Mrs. Taylor: My own education was not through Liberty. I have an undergraduate and master’s degree in education through the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. However, I believe we never stop learning and look forward to taking future classes through LU.
Q: What are your future goals and desires?
Mrs. Taylor: My future goals and desires are to continue to grow in God’s wisdom and knowledge, live out God’s plans and purpose for my life and to bring Him glory. It also includes looking forward to working with many more students and sharing the good news of our Savior through our LUOA classes. I also want to always strive to enrich my teaching abilities by diving into more courses and learning techniques that will benefit students. One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20, in it, we are reminded that God can do more than we can ask or imagine through His power at work in us. I can’t wait to see His plans for us all here at LUOA.
Carrie works at LUOA as the Coordinator of Social Communications. She graduated from Liberty University with her a bachelor’s in elementary education and is working on her master’s in communications. She grew up in Tampa, FL, and loves reading, writing, and drinking (overpriced) coffee.