Miss Kaitlynn Mews

Hello, my name is Kaitlynn Mews and I’m very excited to be a part of St. John Lutheran School. My family first started at St. John Lutheran Church in 1988. My father met my mother, a member of the congregation, when he was called to be a teacher at this same school. They got married and moved around the Midwest, where my father was a DCE, then pastor, for several congregations. I was born in Iowa, along with my older sister and twin brother, but have lived in Ohio and Illinois as well. While I lived in Illinois, I went to St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, majoring in elementary education with a reading endorsement. While there, I was a resident advisor for freshmen for three years.
 
During the summers of my college years, I was a counselor at Camp CILCA (Central Illinois Lutheran Camp Association) in Springfield, Illinois. Working in the Outdoor Ministries, my love for God’s creation grew while guiding kids from 1st grade to high school learn more about Him. In May of 2018, I graduated from St. Ambrose University, and accepted a job as a 2nd grade teacher.
 
My first year of teaching was at Maude Sanders Primary, part of the Peoria Public Schools. This is the second largest school district in the state of Illinois, just after Chicago. During my time there, I worked with my twenty little 2nd graders, a team of 2nd grade teachers, and a building filled with dedicated staff members. This inner city school gave me the opportunity to teach all subjects and encouraged me to differentiate with a small group setup.
 
Now, I am eager to explore with the 5th and 6th grade students of St. John Lutheran School. Whether it will be through the books we read, revising a paper, or understanding God’s Word and His Salvation, we are going to discover new things. I’m excited to be a part of this school and congregation as I continue to grow as a second year teacher.
 

Mission Statement

My mission is to foster and inspire my students’ relationship with God. I envision my classroom as being a place of higher level thinking and positive peer interaction. It is my desire to guide students to use their creativity; to dive into the depths of a novel and use their pen as their voice. It is my goal that students will be a true witness of God’s love for them.
 

Favorite Bible Verse

John 16:33

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”