This month we highlight Gretchen Jones. Mrs. Jones has been teaching junior high math since 1986 and has been at Mission Hills since 2009. Mrs. Jones has been married 22 years and has 3 kids (1 in college, another soon to be in college, and one 7th grader here at MHCS). She also has 3 horses, 3 dogs, and 2 rabbits.
Horseback riding, kayaking the Rogue River in Oregon with my kids, and traveling.
Favorite place to visit?
Germany, especially during Advent at Christmastime
Favorite thing to do if you have two hours to yourself?
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had two hours to myself, but I can dream!
When did you come to faith in Christ?
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, after my freshman year of college, in 1983 and was baptized in Jenkinson Lake in Pollock Pines, CA.
Why did you choose to teach Math?
I am a JH math teacher today because of God’s calling on my life that began during the summer of 1983. I enjoy teaching math because it is what God has equipped me to do in order to serve Him, and because it is so much fun to make kids think!
How do you teach math from a biblical worldview?
I intentionally teach math in a way that focuses on God and His character. Math shows God’s character in many ways. One way is that math, like God, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) At various times students will ask about a concept, “Is this always true?” and I am able to answer, “Yes.” Secondly, God has a standard of what is right and wrong, exactness, and math does also. (Romans 8:6) Students learn that having an answer that is “close” is not good enough. For example, in algebra, if the answer is –2, then +2 is incorrect. Another characteristic of God is that He is orderly. Teaching students study skills and organization skills is a large part of my math curriculum.
What is your ultimate goal for all your students?
My ultimate goal is developing Christian character in my students. Students are taught to take responsibility for their learning, to be current in their homework and seek extra help when they determine they need it. They are expected to be courteous, respectful, and honest with each other and me. Students practice integrity through committing Scripture to memory on a daily basis. My desire is that every Mission Hills JH student will intentionally influence others for good by having integrity.