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Gloria’s 24-year teaching career at IMS was broken up by a time where she stayed at home with her children. She really enjoys working with her colleagues and the variety of work there is in teaching such as lesson planning and grading, showing and explaining math concepts, challenging and interacting with teenagers. Gloria says, “I am also encouraged each day by chapel and the chance to talk about my faith in the classroom. And I enjoy organizing events such as the Pork Supper and Blood Drive.”
When asked what she loves about teaching math, her answer reflects her passion, “As a student, I loved the challenge of solving a hard math problem. It takes both logic and creative thinking. There’s a real satisfaction when you’ve figured something out! I want my students to know that joy as well! Everyone uses some type of math in their everyday life and everyone can benefit from learning different strategies for problem-solving. I like teaching Geometry because there are so many different topics like logic & reasoning, 2 & 3-dimensional drawing & visualization, right triangle trigonometry, as well as using formulas and algebra to find the area, perimeter, and volume.”
Gloria is the faculty Compassion Club sponsor and loves the purpose of this club. “Our whole goal is to meet the needs of people locally, nationally, and globally.” They volunteer a lot of hours working together to help different charities. Gloria also leads an interterm group (IMS’ biannual service-learning time) to Illinois and the School for the Visually Impaired. One of her favorite memories just occurred during last year’s interterm. “I will always treasure a memory from interterm last spring. Six enthusiastic girls went with me to Illinois to the School for the Visually Impaired. After the initial awkwardness of getting to know someone new (who can’t see you), the girls did a super job of relating to the students and by the end of the week had become good friends with several of them. Teresa Cardenas quickly became attached to one young blind student. At her memorial service, her brother told me that Teresa decided to become an eye donor after that interterm week. It’s neat to realize that someone’s eyesight is better now because of Teresa.”
Gloria also has served the community as a 4-H leader, served on several committees for the Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale, and has held several volunteer positions in her church, including Elder. Galen and Gloria decided to skip the “empty-nest” period of their lives and host international students. She shared, “It’s something we were interested in doing and we’ve really benefitted from it! We’ve had 3 girls live with us – Lavinia from China, Vesna from Montenegro, and Nani from Tajikistan, and 4 boys – Qi and David from China, Seth from Nigeria, and this year Gedeon from Mali. We treasure the relationships we’ve built with these students and have felt it has broadened our world so much, plus kept us feeling young! We enjoy hearing from them and hope to visit at least a few of them someday. It is so rewarding to open your home and hearts to students from other countries – and have them open their hearts to us!”
Gloria has also nurtured her own family. She has one son, who is a pastor, and her three daughters, who are teachers. They also have two grandchildren and only wished they all lived closer to each other! We really appreciate Gloria’s commitment to God, her family, her community and to IMS. Thank you, Gloria!
IMS Cafe | This years Culinary Arts Class restaurant dates are February 28 and March 14 & 28. The restaurant opens at 8:30AM each day and the menu will include various entrees, sides, and desserts. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the school office 319-656-2073. Cost per person is $8.
Touring Choir | The IMS Touring Choir has begun its local tour. Here is a link to the Facebook event page for the schedule. The public is welcome at all events.
Visit Day | 8th grade and transfer students are invited to visit IMS for a day on February 19. This visit will have a different format than the fall visit days so feel free to come again. Parents are invited to a Q&A at the start of the day with the administrative team. Students are invited from 8:10AM-3:15PM to tour facilities, visit classes with a host student, eat lunch, meet faculty, other future students, and hear from a panel of current students. Register to attend at www.iowamennonite.org/visit.
Prospective Family Night | 8th grade and transfer students and their parents are invited to IMS on March 1st at 7:00 pm. It will be part program and part open house. Come meet faculty and get information on how to make IMS an affordable option for high school, learn about classes and extra-curricular activities. Online registration is available at www.iowamennonite.org/visit.