ICS Teacher Feature Interview: Miss Podlasinski
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Miss Katie Podlasinski joined the Immanuel Christian School faculty in the 2020–2021 school year. She serves as the Language Arts teacher for grades 6–12, Middle School Science teacher, and is also advisor to the ICS Yearbook and the Leo's Ledger school newspaper. Miss Podlasinski received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Cairn University and Master of Arts degree in International Studies (Education) from Concordia University Irvine.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I have worked in the field of education since 2012. I first worked as a coordinator for international middle and high school students studying in the Philadelphia area. After that I pursued my Master of Arts in International Education. For the three years prior to coming to Immanuel Christian School, I taught at a junior preparatory college in Shanghai, China. I love dogs, spicy food, and visiting parks. I am also an avid reader and generally love being around people!
What value do you see in Christian education?
Christian education is very important for children and youth. Creating an environment where students can grow in their knowledge of the Bible right alongside (and in the center) of all the other subjects they are learning will help them to know and follow Jesus hopefully all their lives.
Why do you feel called to teach at ICS?
I had been praying specifically that God would lead me to an opportunity to join a Christian school where I could openly share my faith and love for Jesus. The more I learned about ICS, the more excited I became about joining this community!
Why do you want to teach at the grade level you're at?
I like teaching middle school and high school students because they are at an age where they can really begin thinking critically but also have the creativity that often comes with being young!
What's your favorite subject to teach? Why?
[I enjoy teaching] English and Language Arts. I like to teach these subjects because it brings me a lot of joy to see my students become better writers, more engaged readers, and overall better communicators.
Describe your teaching style.
I love when students ask questions! I don't expect my students to get the answers right all the time, but I do expect my students to work hard to engage in class. I like to create a collaborative environment in the classroom where students feel comfortable to practice, learn, and improve their skills and understanding.
What's an interesting fact about yourself that you'd like to share?
I am in LOVE with missions and the work that God is doing around the world. I have had the opportunity to serve in short-term missions in Romania, Zambia, Hungary (three times), and the Philippines.
What is a favorite verse, passage, or account you have from the Bible?
[My favorite is] the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. God is always faithful, even when we face difficulties in life. Genesis 50:20 says, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive."