Three divergent paths lead to Morning Sun Christian SchoolPublished 11:01am Thursday, September 12, 2013
The three new teachers at Morning Son Christian School have varying levels of teaching experience.
Diane Selvig has returned to Morning Son, where she previously taught for 18 years, after a five-year absence.
Julie Fietek has held teaching jobs in public and religious schools for almost two decades, but this is her first year at Morning Son.
Abbigail Paulseth, on the other hand, just started her teaching career this year.
Despite the gap in age and experience, all three women share a common trait: a passion for helping children.
“I love getting to know the kids,” Paulseth said. “Just being able to spend an extended amount of time with the kids during the day and teaching them about things that matter most to me, which is instilling a lifelong sense of learning in them, and also getting to teach about Jesus.”
This year, Selvig is teaching first grade, Paulseth is teaching fourth grade and Fietek is handling fifth grade. All three said the school year, which began last week, has gotten off to a great start.
Selvig moved to North Dakota five years ago when her husband took a principal job in the state. But she said moving back to Fergus Falls and being at Morning Son again did not require any readjustments, save for getting used to having a different classroom than the one she taught at for almost two decades.
“It feels like home,” Selvig said. “It just doesn’t just any better than this.”
Fietek spent last year working with PioneerCare but is no stranger to the classroom. She taught at Trinity Lutheran School for many years and also has extensive experience with the adult education program with the Fergus Falls School District.
Although she said she enjoyed her time working in the public school system, Fietek said working at a Christian school presents more exciting and fulfilling opportunities for her.
“My joy of teaching is that I can teach in a Christian setting because I not only just to share my love of being with children and teaching, but I get to share my faith as well,” Fietek said. “There’s just that freedom and that openness to share my faith.”
Unlike Selvig and Fietek, Paulseth does not have years of experience behind her, having graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May 2012. In fact, she just wrapped up her first week as a teacher.
But she has worked in the past as a Sunday School teacher and a camp counselor, among other jobs, so being around children is nothing new to her. Paulseth said the other teachers at Morning Son have been invaluable in helping her got comfortable in her surroundings.
“They have been kind of like second mothers to me,” Paulseth said. “They have just taken me under their wing and helped me out whenever I had questions. They have been my mentors this year.”