"Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is what working for the Adventist church will be like. I am taking Biology Secondary Education with a Physical Science minor, which allows me to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the high school level. Teaching at an Adventist academy has been what I’ve wanted to do since I was in academy myself. My teachers still inspire me endlessly. The love and care I received from them has never left me. I go back to visit and they are still my family, they are still great friends that I can trust. I want to be that for my students.
But I worry that my current disagreements with the Adventist church will get in the way of me teaching in an academy. In my education classes we are taught that as teachers we will have to adhere to the mission of the school- its values as well as what the school board says and what the administration wants. I am fine with that, I am easily a team player. But what will happen when I am told to present something I can’t support?
For example, women’s ordination. I think women pastors should be able to be recognized for the calling they feel. Will I have to tell my students that I agree with what the church says? Will I be allowed to disagree? Or will I have to say, 'I disagree, but whatever the church says goes.' I don’t want to have to always say that to my students, because they are the church. They should learn to think critically about what they believe and not accept just whatever administrations say.
Or will I be allowed to share my differing opinion on what a Bible verse means? Will I be able to ask questions that we don’t have set answers to? I don’t know. I hope so."