Ms. Helen


What year did you start at CFK?

2013. I had just moved to Madison from South Africa and we had googled “Churches in Madison”. We first went to Door Creek for four weeks. City Church was the second church we visited and that’s where we found our home. When I first got here, I was not allowed to work as I was waiting for my work permit. One Sunday there was an advertisement in the bulletin looking for a 4K teacher. I asked God to keep it for me. The ad appeared for three weeks and every Sunday I asked God to keep it for me. On the fourth Friday my work permit appeared in the mail and that Sunday was the last week it was in the bulletin. I dropped my resume off and Chris called me later that week. I remember having the longest chat to him as if I had known him forever. When he called me in to visit the center, I knew that this was where I needed to be for now.

What year did you begin your early childhood profession?

I graduated in 1988 and started teaching at a school called Northridge Primary school in 1989. This was the school I had attended as a little girl. I was there for 13 years in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I then moved to Lynnwoodridge Primary school and was there for 7 years. I taught in 2nd grade and was grade leader for 1st grade for 4 years. I then moved to Christian Brothers College and taught Grade R (Kindergarten) for 3 years. All these schools were in Pretoria, South Africa. I also subbed at Abundant Life Christian School (ALCS).

Tell about your family.

My husband David and I have been since 1990 and have two children. Our son Miguel is studying Construction Management at UW Platteville and our daughter Melissa is study at UW Madison for pre-dental.

Who was/is the most influential person in your life? Why?

My mother. She died in 1986 but she was the one who taught me how to be strong and stay positive. She never let us see how hard her life was and only when we were older did we realize how difficult it was for her to raise four children with little support from my father. She taught me how to laugh at myself and how a sense of humor can ease tough transitions in life. She always had a positive attitude and showed me that the glass is always half full!!

Do you have any pets?

We always had pets and in South Africa we had a Rottweiler Ceaser, a Jack Russel Tina and an African Gray parrot, Chester. Ceaser and Tina had to be euthanized as they were too old to be relocated. My best friend in South Africa Monica has Chester and he is being treated like a king. When we moved to USA we adopted a Morkie (Maltese cross Yorkie), Nero. He is black with a white chin and white tips on his back toes. Nero is spoiled rotten by everyone in the house! For my birthday my family surprised me with a Morkie puppy named Bailey. She is the brat sister to Nero!

What is your hobby?

I love to keep busy so I am always knitting or crocheting. I also do stained glass, quilting, scrapbooking, sewing, cooking, baking, and anything that keeps my hands busy.

Share a spiritual experience in your life.

I have always grown up in a home where God was first and that’s something my mother gave me. When David, my husband, was given the opportunity to move to USA I said “ok God, if You want this to happen then this is what You need to do” Well He did that and so much more. I feel closer to God and think that God taking me out of my comfort zone was His way of saying “hey there I need you to spend more time with Me” I have grown closer to Him and treasure the times I can talk about him to our parents and how easy it is to chat to Him all day!

What is your favorite scripture?

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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