CAS Welcomes the return of its Principal and Grades 4-8 Head Teacher who arrived for the 2018 academic year, Mrs. Erika Wiebe. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University and has worked over ten years with children in various positions. Although Mrs. Wiebe received her associate degree in education in 2005, she was not sure this was what the Lord was calling her to do. She worked with young children for several years in the preschool setting. She went on to become a license practical nurse in 2010. Mrs. Wiebe then became a school nurse working for the Atlanta Public School system. She felt her calling to education after teaching nutrition and hand washing in the elementary school where she worked as a school nurse. She enjoyed working with the older children in the school setting. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Science degree in education from Grand Canyon University in 2016. She also worked as a substitute teacher for Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, North Carolina. She says, “I am a strong believer in Adventist Education because I understand that leading our young people to God needs to be our top priority. I also believe, through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, that showing our children a positive example in our own lives is vital. I know God has led me here to Columbus Adventist School.” She serves our school diligently, with her youngest daughter Danielle attending CAS along side her daily.
Nicole Mann, the newest teacher to join our CAS teaching staff, is excited to grow and nurture the minds of our students at the Columbus SDA School. As a student teacher at Southern Adventist University, she spent a year as a kindergarten teacher, and also served as a fifth-grade teacher in the Ooltewah, Tennessee area. Additionally, she enjoyed serving eight summers between Indian Creek Camp in Tennessee and Laurel Lake Camp in Pennsylvania as a counselor and as part of the leadership team.
Ms. Mann shares, "I love nurturing the young minds to love the Lord and challenge their limits. I've enjoyed teaching students of all ages, but I particularly enjoy lower grades. As a teacher, I want my classroom to be a safe place for my students to learn socially, spiritually, and academically. The variety of ages in my classroom foster friendships and servant leadership while teaching real-life skills." Ms. Mann personally invests value and love into each of her students as God’s children and looks forward to having our students as part of her classroom.
Ms. Morris rejoins our CAS team, enlightening the minds and hearts of our students through one of the oldest and most essential sciences--now considered an Art form: Music! Having completed over 30 years of private piano teaching in the Columbus area through 'The Music Studio', Ms. Morris continues to share her love for the Lord and for music to the Columbus community. Kathy enjoys teaching, writing, arranging, and accompanying worship. She is a Nationally Certified Piano Teacher through MTNA, GMTA and is an active member of the Columbus Music Teachers Association. She currently serves as the pianist for Grace Presbyterian Church in Columbus. As Founder/Director of The Church Music Academy, Ms. Morris has spent the past 16 years training worship musicians to serve in their local churches. Ms. Morris has taught piano, organ, keyboard, guitar, theory, handbells/chimes, choral, worship, and led music camps in the Greater Columbus area. She joined our team in the Fall of 2018 to lead music for the school.
Music is one of God's great gifts to man and is one of the most important elements in a spiritual program. It is an avenue of communication with God, and "is one of the most effective means of impressing the heart with spiritual truth" (Education, p. 168).