Meet the teachers and staff at Rogers Adventist School! Every month we feature a fabulous staff member and ask them 10 important questions. Toni Busby teaches Bible, Pre-Algebra, and Language Arts to 7th and 8th graders at RAS.
Question 1: How long have you been a teacher?
I have taught in the Adventist system for ten wonderful years, but I also homeschooled my own children for a few years. I think those count, so I add on six more years.
Question 2: How long have you been teaching at Rogers?
Six years, Wow! Really, already?
Question 3: Who are some important people in your life?
Whether modeling patience or self-sacrifice, my husband, Ken, is an example of a godly parent. He challenges me to be a better person and parent every day.
My children are gifts that keep me in awe of our loving God. I love to spend time with my four kiddos, and I am constantly astounded by their many gifts.
My in-laws, Millie and Neil Busby, are my generous helpers. They run kids to music lessons and sporting events, take our dogs to the groomers, and are always willing to lighten my load. They are constant examples of self-sacrificing Christians, and they are simply a lot of fun to be with.
I am also privileged to work with exceptional, hard-working people. These are the ones I share triumphant and frustrating days with, the ones who continue to teach me every day. Go Rogers Teachers!
Question 4: What inspired you to be a teacher?
The teachers I had as a child were inspirational, big-hearted human beings. They made an enormous impact on me, and still, all these years later, they feel like family. If my students know that I care about them, like I knew my teachers cared about me, I consider
Question 5: Have you ever thought about a different career? If so what?
No, I have known that I would teach for as long as I can remember. As a child, I used to make my poor siblings be my pretend students. They say I did it just because I was bossy. ;-)
Question 6: What is the best part about your job?
My favorite aspect to teaching is getting to know the kids. I love their unique personalities, and the challenge of trying to teach a variety of people.
Question 7: What is the worst part of your job?
Grades – In my perfect world we would not even give out grades. It is such a small picture of what they learn, and what they are capable of.
Question 8: What do you hope to achieve by being a teacher?
My primary goal as a teacher is to introduce Jesus to my students, and to pray that they love Him and accept him as their savior.
Question 9: Do you have any heroes?
My grandmother was a humble woman who spent her whole life giving. When she died she barely had one earthly possession, but her funeral was so packed that people were lined up against the walls. She got it!
Question 10: What’s something special about the grade level that you teach?
Ahhh, there are many wonderful aspects to the 7th and 8th grades. One characteristic that I especially appreciate is their ability to see the grey areas. Younger children are so black and white, but this age is beginning to see the nuances in life.
Bonus Question: If Mrs. Bryant randomly cancelled school for the day, what would you do on that day?
I would like to say that I would have a grand adventure, but the reality is that I would sleep in, read, wash laundry, and go visit family that I rarely have time to see.