Preschool Lead Teacher

Jennifer Larsen

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My name is Jennifer Larsen. My husband, Joel, and I have been members of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for a little over two years now. We joined the church soon after moving to Lee's Summit when my husband retired from active duty with the Marine Corps. Joel and I have been married for 19 years and we have three children; Ben (18), Meghan (14) and Sam (11). We feel very blessed to call the members of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church our church family.

Working with children is a very strong calling in my life; as is sharing the good news of our Savior's unending love, grace and mercy. Since we joined Beautiful Savior I have been blessed with the opportunity to do both. I have volunteered to teach 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School, helped with 5th and 6th grade Service Adventures at VBS, and I am a mentor for the FIRE Junior High Youth Group and the BLAZE Senior High Youth Group.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Park College in 1997. Since then I have worked as a Team Teacher/Para Professional in third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, the Title I Reading Program and with the Autism/Intellectual Disability Classroom (K-6). I have been the lead classroom teacher in 3-year- old preschool and second grade.

In October of 2015, I was fortunate enough to be Alicia Rodick's assistant in her Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class, as well as, substituting as needed in all the classrooms at Abounding Love. I am very excited to continue as a part of the Abounding Love Preschool program as the Lead Preschool Teacher.

I strive to create a love for learning that is essential to the foundation of a child's education. I want my students' first school experience to be in a classroom that is a safe, loving, and encouraging atmosphere so that they become empowered learners. Preschoolers are developmentally at an age where they primarily learn by doing and through play. We will sing, dance, play and create while learning essential academics, how to socialize with our peers, developing our fine and gross motor skills and encouraging our cognitive development.

I strive to create a Christ-centered classroom where we share God's Word, which we are so blessed to do at Abounding Love Preschool. I believe there is no greater gift that you can give a child than to teach them about our loving God. I want to be a part of helping them begin to build a life-long relationship with Him which will be a strong cornerstone for their lives.

I am so excited to be a part of Abounding Love Preschool, and I cannot wait to meet my new students and their families!