With her brood on 50s day, Brenda Bowen, a missionary for 20 years in Africa.
With an art degree, she became a high-powered finance manager, then ditched it all to be a missionary’s wife in Africa for 20 years.
After so many unusual twists in her life, Brenda Bowen is now teaching 6th grade at the Lighthouse Church School.
Good thing she was a military brat. She got used to moving around.
Actually, it’s hard to describe Mrs. Bowen as a brat because she’s so loving, sweet and humble.
“Mrs. Bowen is really good at art, and she loooves to help kids,” said Ana D., her student. “She’s hip. She won’t yell at you. She’s very understanding. She knows when something is up, and she’ll do something positive about it. She’s a well-rounded teacher. She does tons of things. Just the other day we did clay.”
She never got her second degree in education because her father, a major in the Air Force, looked askance at perennial students. So with a bachelors degree from Southern Florida University, Mrs. Bowen landed a job with 1,000-employee Dun & Bradstreet’s Insurance. Read the rest of the story.
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As she lay on her recovery bed at home, Lisa Clancy, a cancer survivor, realized she could help high schoolers.
“I heard the kids at the house talking about the troubles in high school,” she said. “I felt like God was telling me that this is where I could help. High school can be a tumultuous time for teenagers.”
Mrs. Clancy is a volunteer extraordinaire at Lighthouse Christian Academy. She does everything from answering phones to counseling kids. And the extraordinary thing is that kids actually confide in her. She’s a high standard for loving staff among Santa Monica Christian schools.
“She is always there for me when I need advice or a little cheering up,” said Lizzie Hofer, a junior. “I can talk to her about anything and not feel weird that she is my friend’s mom.”
Mrs. Clancy is mother to two Lighthouse students and one graduate. A native of Chicago, Mrs. Clancy and her husband moved to Santa Monica four years ago with their four boys.
Now she is teaching an elective that helps students to discover their strengths and plan a future career. It’s called Passion Present Purpose and with nine students meets twice a week for an hour and a half. To teenagers, the future can be daunting, but Mrs. Clancy helps break it down. Continuing reading.
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