Nuestra maestra amada de Español

Written by Taylor Stanek

Señorita Clements is the high school Spanish teacher. She teaches Spanish levels one through four and is the senior class advisor and the Costa Rica ministry trip leader. She has been teaching for twenty-four years, and this year is her twenty-second year at Legacy/Xenia Christian. When asked about her favorite part of teaching, she said, “One of my favorite parts of teaching is the ‘aha’ moment when the student finally understands something.” Another of her favorites is taking her students on trips and seeing them use what they have learned in the classroom in real life.

Señorita’s birthday is April 12. She grew up in Dayton with her four siblings, one older sister and three younger brothers. When she was a young child, her parents became believers. Her mother was the one who then led her to Christ. She said, “I was only five or six and while I don’t remember an exact date or time, I very much remember her explaining to me in our living room that I was a sinner and that Christ had died for my sins. I remember praying with her to receive forgiveness and accepting Christ as my Savior.” She said that she was a fairly good kid growing up and for many years was ashamed of her testimony because there was nothing major in it. However, when she was in college, God used a movie to help her realize that it did not matter how good or bad she was because without Christ her heart was in the same condition as others’: lacking, lost, and deserving of judgement. She attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and then was a missionary in Spain for two years teaching PreK in Barcelona. While in college, “I also realized that Christ’s saving work is just as miraculous whether you are a ‘good’ person or involved in all kinds of ‘bad’ stuff, and just as necessary.” She says she is so

thankful that the Lord chose her and redeemed her. She is thankful for his patience and that he continues to love, teach, and change her, and to use her for his purposes.

Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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