Friday, February 02, 2007

My Introduction Page to my Professional Portfolio


My life began in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on January 13th . My childhood days were poverty-based, as my mother and father worked in a very small, conservative, Christian School and had five children to support. There were days when we would not have had food to eat for dinner, but someone graciously heard the voice of the Lord, and brought our family a bag of groceries. Although this was difficult as a child, these situations instilled family unity in me at a young age and brought our family closer to the Lord. Needless to say, Family means the world to me. At a young age, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. This decision has played a vital role in my life since that day.
When the small Christian school we were attending closed down for various reasons, my mother and father shared the load of home schooling five children, ages 5-15. My mother would work shifts as a manager at McDonalds from 4am – 10am and my father would work third shift at UPS. By sixth grade, my twin sister, brother and I decided that we wanted to go to public school. We went for one year, and enjoyed our year very much, but we did miss the Biblical teachings that we had grown up with.
At the age of 13, our family moved to State College, Pennsylvania because my Father’s mother passed away due to cancer. By God’s Sovereign plan, our family inherited a large farmhouse with 150 acres of land. It was then, I attended a larger Christian School in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. I attended from 8th grade until I graduated. It was there that I met my high school sweetheart and now husband of four years, Timothy Baylor.
I followed him to school in Dunbar, Wisconsin. I obtained my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education there. I performed my student teaching tasks in a private Christian school in Portsmouth, VA- teaching fifth grade under Mrs. Becky Gravley.
The following year, my husband and I moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in order for him to attend a local seminary there. I started my first teaching job at Greenbrier Christian Academy, teaching 2nd grade. I enjoyed my first year immensely, but I wanted a little bit more of a challenge with the kids. I really wanted to teach fourth grade. When there was an opening in the fourth grade the next year, I snatched it up. I am currently teaching fourth grade at Greenbrier Christian Academy.
This June or July, My husband and I plan on moving to Chicago in order for him to attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School . I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to teach in the public school system in the area. I know that God has some exciting things planned for our lives in the Chicago area.


LMLogan said...

very well written!! some parts of your younger life I didn't even know! :o getting excited about the move yet?
how's the studying going?

jeileenbaylor said...

Thanks for the encouragement! I wrote it this morning at 5am. Studying has been going well. I was tutored last night by Adrianne T. in Algebrea :o)

I am very excited about moving!

Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing. It's neat to see how God has led you to this point. I, too, learned a lot about you I never knew before either!

Kristin said...

It is neat to see the Lord provide. I did not know about your younger years. We are praying for your test!! How was the birthday girls' party yesterday? I was supposed to be working, but I went home early fri. so I could go to Patient First. I have an upper respitory infection. They gave me antibiotics which are helping, but I'm still not feeling much better. Wish I could have been there. We don't have to many more before you all move. We need too get together soon!!

Mom said...

I'm so proud of you, Julie! I knew you could do it!