Meet the Teacher

What is your name?

My name is Verda Rubottom.  I received a bachelor's degree from Southern Nazarene University and a Master's degree of Education from Oral Roberts University. I am currently working towards FACE master teacher certification in the Principle Approach method.  

What do you teach?

I currently teach World Geography but have also taught American Government and the Primary Class.

How many years have you taught at True Foundation?

I have been with True Foundation for about 6 years.

What do you appreciate most about the Principle Approach?

I appreciate the emphasis on building character along with academic study, and the freedom of teachers to incorporate these principles into their curriculum as well as during spontaneous discussion.

What do you see in your students that is most encouraging?

I see them growing in their knowledge and their desire to learn more. I think they value their time at our school.

Why do you love teaching at True Foundation?

I appreciate the philosophy and purpose of True Foundation. And the fact that we can explore subjects in a way that connects them to our American Christian history, World history, and God’s plan to reach our world with the gospel.

How do you teach Biblical worldview in your classroom?

A Biblical worldview is woven into the curriculum as I plan lessons, as well as memorizing Scripture, and referring to our history timeline.

What do you think most students appreciate about your class?

I’m not sure, but I think they appreciate the learning environment of the class which is based on having respect and kindness toward everyone, as well as order and discipline that I expect, my openness to their questions, and how I value each one of them and the progress they’re making individually. Generally speaking, I think they value the pleasant learning environment and interesting things they’re learning.

What is unique about you, your talents, or interests that you bring to the class room?

I have been a licensed children’s minister for over 20 years and served as the National Children’s Ministry Consultant for the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri. Also, I have a Master’s Degree in Education, have taught child development at Oral Roberts University, and was employed as a writer for their magazine. I have traveled extensively as a child and some as an adult. This has given me a better understanding of different cultures here and around the world. My parents were evangelists and consequently, we were around people of different backgrounds a great deal. This has given me a good perspective, and my siblings and I learned to appreciate the different cultures and backgrounds people have. The church I attended as a teenager was very missions-minded and I developed a love for missions, as well as a curiosity to learn all I could about people around the world. I have never lost that interest.

What have you seen in your students over the years that has touched your heart the most?

The students seem to have a growing appreciation of America’s Christian heritage, and their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. Although they have typical disagreements, they all seem to love each other and value the individuality, gifts, and talents of their fellow students.