New Professor Lorinda Kline Speaks on the Impact of Role Models
By Isaiah Snell
Professor Lorinda Kline, one of Grace’s new staff members, comes to Grace as an assistant professor of education. She sports a Master of Science in education from Indiana University and a passion for teaching instilled in her by the many role models in her life. Kline previously taught at public schools in the Warsaw area.
Sounding Board: What inspired you to go into teaching?
Kline: My dad was a teacher. He did not want me to be a teacher, but whenever we went out to eat, I’d always see kids coming over and thanking him for the impact he had. I initially set out on another career path, but eventually I called him and said, “Dad, I’m sorry, but you were too good of a role model. I need to become a teacher.” While I was studying to become a teacher, I still remember the professors I looked up to along the way, especially my science and math education professors. Some great men in my life made an impact on me, and that impact brought me to teaching.
SB: What brought you to Grace College?
Kline: When my daughter, Hannah, came to Grace, my husband and I were just blown away by the warmth, the welcoming atmosphere and the professionalism of Grace. In my time teaching in the Warsaw area, I also saw the product of Grace in action in the classroom. Grace graduates demonstrated the service, competence and character you hear President Katip talking about.
SB: What brought about the switch from teaching at a public high school to teaching at the college level?
Kline: In public schools, you are not allowed to quote scripture, but you can expose students to the character of Christ. When they do meet Christ, your impact will have made all the difference. I enjoyed that about teaching in public school, but I feel freer at Grace because there is no curtain around my intentionality. Now, I can teach others to teach with the character of Christ, so they can have the same impact I did.
SB: What do you wish everyone knew about education?
Kline: It’s relational. It starts with listening and building trust. A short quote from an educator goes, “People don’t learn from people they don’t like.” That means the teacher’s role as a leader is even more important than their role as an educator. You are basically leading a community, whether it is 25 kindergarteners or six different classes of seniors.
SB: What are you looking forward to most at Grace?
Kline: Growing my own competence; growing my level of comfort in my expertise excites me. I I am ready to work with the Grace community and watch all of us grow together.