Faculty Focus – Mrs. Kristin Showalter
Did you know Shalom has its very own art curator, who specializes in helping students “find their visual voice?” Mrs. Kristin Showalter not only helps Shalom students in Pre-K through 12th grade discover and hone creative and artistic abilities, her job also includes curating 50 to 100 pieces of artwork per day!
That may sound like a lot of work, but Mrs. Showalter finds purpose in her responsibilities and her students give her motivation. “I love to see them showing pride in their work,” she said. Additionally, her goal in teaching is to help students realize that their artwork “has value to glorify their Creator.”
Mrs. Showalter said working at Shalom Christian Academy makes her job even better because she can partner with families to disciple young people for Christ. “Shalom is an excellent school and community to belong to,” she said. She loves to have the “freedom to share my faith while teaching and to teach about God’s amazing love.”
As a teacher of Pre-K through 12th grade, Mrs. Showalter counts it a privilege to interact with students throughout the school. With this opportunity, Mrs. Showalter said she has the ability to “teach the whole school while getting to watch them grow and develop in faith and character.”
Before Mrs. Showalter worked at Shalom, she was a substitute teacher for five years and worked at Broadfording Christian Academy as a 5th grade and middle school teacher. Mrs. Showalter joined Shalom as a long-term substitute in 2014 before becoming the art instructor.
When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Showalter and her husband, Randy, who works in IT at Shalom, love to go camping with their three children, Rylan, Kaelan and Raenne and their yellow lab, Ivan. The Showalter family lives in Hagerstown and attend church at Crossroads Community. Mrs. Showalter considers herself a “big nerd” and loves to read when she has free time.