Alumna Lauren Collini (Class of 2012) graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2019 with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Science and Math. She will begin her teaching career as a 7th grade science teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School in Cherokee County this coming August.

Reflecting on her time in Christian school, she said, “I enjoyed my experience, however I don’t think that I appreciated it as much as I should have until I began teaching in public schools. Seeing first hand the difference in culture, friends, and quality of education has made me forever grateful to my parents for the opportunity they provided for me through JFCA. I have relied on my relationship with the Lord to guide all of my major life decisions. I took gap years to serve as a missionary overseas through Youth With a Mission after graduating from JFCA, which was a very unconventional path from a worldly point of view. I sought the Lord’s guidance and I truly believe that He has lead me to where I am now and prepared me for teaching middle school students in ways better than I could have done on my own accord.”

Lauren’s encouragement for current students is: “I think it is important for students and parents to know the lessons I learned from JFCA have prepared me for every aspect of my life. Most importantly, they encouraged me to follow the Lord’s leading regarding my post graduation decisions. In addition to this, they taught me time management skills, people skills, and how to be a teacher that is invested in the lives of my students beyond the walls of the classroom.”