From Student to Teacher: Meet Heather Sligar

A Journey of Faith and Dedication
Ms. Heather Sligar's story at LCA is one of full-circle inspiration and unwavering commitment. As an LCA alumnus, her journey began 23 years ago when she was enrolled as a 5th grader. Her experience as a student, particularly the encouraging words from an English teacher during her high school years, planted the seeds for her future career. "If you want to see change in this school, come back with your teaching degree and be the change," he had said. These words resonated, setting her on a path to Weber State University to pursue Elementary Education.
A Heart for Missions and Teaching
Between college semesters, Ms. Sligar embarked on missions trips across the globe, working with children and youth, an experience that solidified her decision to become a Christian school teacher. Upon graduation, she immediately joined LCA as the 3rd-grade teacher. Now, as she steps into her 11th year at LCA, this time as the 5th-grade teacher, she reflects on her journey, attributing her dedication to her faith and the sense of purpose she finds at LCA.

Inspiration and Philosophy in the Classroom
Ms. Sligar draws inspiration from her colleagues, whom she regards as deep-spirited friends. Their encouragement and affirmation of her work's purpose fuel her passion for teaching. Her teaching philosophy centers around forming bonds with her students and encouraging them to face challenges with effort and resilience. The joy of witnessing a student's "I get it now!" moment is unparalleled for her.

A Verse Close to the Heart
Her favorite Bible verse, Matthew 6:26, is a source of comfort and a reminder of her worth and God's care:

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

It’s a reflection of the values she imparts to her students - the assurance of their value and the constant presence of support and guidance.
Life Beyond the Classroom
Outside the classroom, Ms. Sligar's passions include travel, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys cultural experiences like concerts, plays, and movies, which add joy and enrichment to her life. Her favorite movie, "My Girl," and book, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," reflect her love for heartwarming and transformative stories.

If She Had a Superpower...
Interestingly, if given a chance to choose a superpower, she would opt for the ability to shrink and grow like Antman, intrigued by the perspectives this power could offer.

A Proud Achievement
Ms. Sligar’s recent accomplishment of completing a Master’s degree in K-12 Literacy is a testament to her commitment to education and her students.

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