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Andrea Tew

October 30, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I am currently teaching Chemistry (11th grade) and Earth Science (7th grade). I have taught chemistry, physics, earth science, life science, and biology in the past.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I was attracted to teaching at Providence by my experiences from tutoring Providence chemistry students over the past 2 years.  It was evident that there were good things going on at Providence and I am thrilled to be able to join this family!

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love chemistry! And I love the relationships that are forged with my students each year.  Seeing them grow as a student and as young individuals encourages me to continue what I am doing.

Tell us about your family?

My family and I are from Headland.  My oldest daughter, Beth, is a RN.  She and her husband, Aaron, blessed me with my first grandson this year!  His name is Steadman.  My middle daughter, Emily, will graduate from Troy University in December with a degree in Communications/Public Relations/Marketing.  She works for a public relations/marketing firm in Montgomery.  She is getting married in December, just a few weeks after her graduation.   My son, Ben, is a freshman at Troy University. He is majoring in Business. We lost my husband to cancer in 2003. He was a wonderful husband and father and is waiting for us to join him in Heaven at our appointed time.

What is something interesting about your family? 

After my middle daughter marries in December, she and her sister will both have the last name Jones.  Beth is married to Aaron Jones.  Emily will marry Brannon Jones. Aaron and Brannon are not related.  Who would have ever thought that they would both end up with the same married name?

What school / universities did you attend? 

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Troy University in Troy and my Master’s degree from Troy University in Dothan. Both were in Comprehensive Science, Secondary Education

Where have you lived? 

I grew up in the Midland City area but have lived in Headland for the past 30 years

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

My favorite thing to do outside of school is to spend time with my family

Three adjectives you aspire to: 

Trustworthy, honest, and kind

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Meet Sonja Shepard

October 23, 2019
By Heather Sanders

What do you currently teach and what have you taught in the past? 

I currently teach pre-algebra and algebra.  Previously, I taught 7th & 8th grade math, pre-algebra, and algebra. For the last four years, I was an instructional coach at Carver Magnet School.

What attracted you to teaching at Providence? 

I loved the thought of teaching at a Christian school.

What inspires you to teach year after year? 

I love the students and love math. My heart is in the classroom.

Tell us about your family?

I have been married to Lance Shepard for 25 years. He runs Southern Heritage Funeral Home. We have two sons, Auborn and Hayes. Auborn graduated from Troy University.  He is currently interning at our home church, Ridgecrest, with our youth minister.  Hayes attends Wallace College and hopes to enter the physical therapy assistant program there next fall.

What is something interesting about your family? 

We really are not interesting. We are boring.

What school / universities did you attend? 

Bachelor’s degree - Auburn  / Master’s degree- Troy Dothan

Where have you lived? 

I grew up in Guntersville, Alabama. Then, moved to Auburn for college. After college, I moved to Dothan.

What is an activity you especially enjoy besides teaching? 

I love watching my guys participate in sports. Also, I enjoy reading.

Three adjectives you aspire to: kindness, caring, thoughtful

What is a favorite passage of Scripture? 

Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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