Seaside School is our Christian Preschool for kids ages 1 through Kindergarten. Heidi Beauchanie, the Seaside School Director, recently put an all-call out to our congregation for substitute teachers and thankfully Jacob stepped up.
I have a passion for teaching children and it was great to be able to teach them about the Bible and share the love of Jesus with them in a church setting. I am not allowed to talk about my faith in the public sector…it was also exciting to be inducted into the Seaside Hall of Fame by being the first guy teacher!” says Jacob, who has been an amazing help to Seaside.
What you may not know is that Jacob Litzenberg, our A/V Technician, is getting a Master’s Degree in Education. During High School, he was accepted into a program called Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, a 2 year class/internship developed by Va Beach High Schools for students interested in becoming teachers. At the end of this program, students submit a digital portfolio to the City to review and the School Board votes on one high schooler from each High School enrolled in the program to win a teaching contract when they graduate from college. Jacob was one of the recepients.
Heidi shares, “We feel blessed that he was willing to fill the void that we had in our two year old classroom for the last month and a half of school. When he first started some parents were apprehensive about a man being in the classroom with their kids. As we come to the end of his time on the Seaside staff I have the privilege to say all the students and parents love him. The mother that was the most concerned about having a man in the classroom came to me about two weeks into the month and a half and said that her little boy came home and told her that Mr. Jacob was his favorite and when she asked why he said, ‘because he is cool and makes my School ‘fun-er!’”