Faculty Focus – Mrs. Jen Emge
Shalom Christian Academy teacher Mrs. Jen Emge says she’s always loved being around young children. The second grade teacher began her career at Shalom as a substitute in 2008 and then a long term sub in 2012. She began working full time in 2013 teaching second grade.
“The best part of my day is when my students walk into my classroom, smiling and ready for school,” she said. “Seeing how much they love school makes me feel like I am doing my job well. Their stories in the morning make my day, and their hugs are priceless.”
Students in Mrs. Emge’s class begin each day with prayer requests to set a positive tone before diving into instructional time. “I love to make learning fun, and it motivates me to create fun and exciting ways to teach new concepts. Seeing my students get excited about learning motivates me to be creative,” she said.
Mrs. Emge says nothing compares to the Christian foundation and fellowship among faculty and families at Shalom. She values the relationship she has with coworkers and administration staff. “I work with a great group of people who go out of their way to help at any given moment. We are all here for each other and have the same common bond—our love for Jesus Christ. Being able to share my faith with my students is something I never take for granted.”
In addition to teaching second grade, Mrs. Emge is the assistant coach for the girls Varsity soccer team. She has also coordinated the Rec League Soccer Program for Shalom for the past 11 years. Mrs. Emge and her husband Ron have three children who attend Shalom—Brooke in 11th grade, Blake in 8th grade, and Brady in 4th. They attend Otterbein Church in Waynesboro. When they aren’t cheering on the Flames at Shalom sporting events, they love to spend time together as a family playing soccer, whiffle ball or badminton. “My life is full and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.