“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ~Psalm 37:4
By Amanda Compton
God used Corbin Shelton’s teenage years at Twin Oaks Christian School to instill in her the desire to work at a school that shares her values and where a Christian worldview is not only taught, but also lived out by the teachers and staff.
Due to her love for Christian education and particularly TOCS, Shelton circled back to meet with Co-Head of School Mrs. Sherry Blough about possible employment.
“I had a meeting with Ms. Blough but at the time I was still finishing up school and there were no open positions,” said Shelton, who went back to school to earn an elementary education certification after graduating from the University of Missouri in 2015. “My timing was not the idea and timing that the Lord had in store for me.”
Well known to believers is that the Lord’s timing is very rarely our timing. That said, two weeks before school started and a mere few days after Shelton received her teaching certificate, Blough contacted Shelton with a job opportunity.
“When Mrs. Donnelley and her husband were transferred to New York City on short notice, Corbin came to mind,” said Blough. “We already had her application on file and her initial interview had been completed. Plus I knew Corbin when I worked at Westminster and I was always impressed with her character and work ethic.”
With the blessing of the TOCS Co-Head of School Debbie Stair as well as the education committee and Team Lead Mrs. Katie Ragsdale (1A), Shelton was hired as the new second grade teacher one week before school started.
When asked about the challenges of being a first-year teacher to one of the largest classes in the school, Shelton said, “It is exciting, challenging, and above all rewarding.” She went on to say that having the opportunity to share Christ and grow in her faith alongside her students is irreplaceable and what she enjoys the most.
To channel her second graders’ energy, Shelton incorporates exciting, hands-on activities so that each child has a complete understanding of the topics. She said her goal is to reach every child in a way that learning is fun for all students who enter her classroom.
A contributing factor to Shelton’s ability to graciously manage a large class with sometimes unique relational dynamics could be that she is from a fostering family. “The children that enter your home come from such a variety of different backgrounds and bring vastly different experiences with them,” she said.
In fact, Shelton has two adopted sisters of her own, siblings Halle Kay (8) and Skylar (4), who were officially adopted in May of this year after fours years of endless court dates and unanswered questions, which she said brought a lot of uncertainty and fear into her household.
“We knew God would provide, as he always does,” said Shelton. “There is a quote that says, ‘And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, ‘Oh, there you are, I’ve been looking for you.’ That is exactly how my mom and I felt when the two little girls walked through our front door! Everything regarding that placement fell into place quickly.”
Shelton said she strongly believes it is a Christian’s responsibility to invest in love and stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves.
“The foster care system is a Goliath of a system and I have been able to see the vulnerabilities of those who are trapped in it,” said Shelton. “I have grown and matured in ways that not many people get to evolve in. Even though it seemed like heartbreak after heartbreak at times, my heart is full with the reward of an ever-expanding family.”
Shelton graduated in 2015 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in health sciences and minors in psychology as well as human development and family studies. She also has a certificate in multicultural studies. After graduation, she went back to school to earn an elementary education certification, which she obtained this summer.
“The Lord continually proved how faithful He is and how His timing is absolutely perfect,” said Shelton. “It was a whirlwind at the time but is so exciting to reflect on. There are countless things that I enjoy here; the supportive leaders, mentors, and colleagues, the positivity and excitement that each of my students brings with them to the classroom, and the genuine kindness and feeling of community.”
The Eagle Flyer also asked Shelton a few random, off-the-cuff questions . . .
EF: Where do you attend church?
Shelton: I grew up at Trinity Church in North County and am currently looking for a church home closer to where I live.
EF: What are your hobbies outside of work?
Shelton: I really enjoy going “junking”! Going to old warehouses, antiques stores, thrift stores, or garage and yard sales and finding old furniture to refurbish and update. I love visualizing how I can take something old and rundown and make it something new and wonderful and incorporate it into my own house. I also love being outdoors and hunting. I have precious memories of each of those things growing up so it is always a special time for me to get away and just appreciate the rustic beauty that the Lord has made for us all to enjoy.
EF: What is one of your pet peeves?
Shelton: One of my pet peeves is when I am walking with someone and they are scuffing the back of their feet. That sound drives me crazy!
EF: What about your biggest fear?
Shelton: Any time a person is dressed up as something it sends me into panic mode. The Easter Bunny, Fred Bird, and Santa Clause, not for me!
Join us in welcoming Miss Shelton to our Covenant community!
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