Meet Our Staff: Mrs. Esther Lo
Having teachers that absolutely love our students is such a blessing! Every teacher we have here at Southlands Christian Schools is more than well-equipped, but each one has something unique to bring to the table. This month, we would like to introduce a teacher that has a passion for teaching and her students. Southlands family, we would like to introduce Mrs. Esther Lo.
How did you find Southlands?
I first heard of Southlands Christian Schools when I was in 8th grade since my younger cousins started attending the school. I remember that it was Open House and I came to visit my former youth pastor, Susan Yoon, who also happened to be my cousin’s teacher at the time. I loved the environment and I knew, right then, that this was the school that I wanted to work at. I got a job as a Summer Camp counselor in 2008 and I have been here ever since!
What makes Southlands different and unique?
I love that fellow believers and followers of Christ can come together to work and share life together which makes working that much more fun. Our common goal to serve and share Christ’s love to the families brings unity. The ability to freely worship and pray with the children makes Southlands so amazing and unique! I feel incredibly blessed to be able to work in such a wonderful environment. It feels less like a workplace and more like a second home.
What is your favorite memory while working here on campus?
There are so many fond memories but I would have to say that my favorite memory was when we had a Star Wars-themed Daddy and Me Day and Ms. Lorraine had arranged people dressed up as stormtroopers and Darth Vader to come to surprise the dads. There wasn’t a single dad or child who wasn’t excited to see them walk through the front gates! It was really a blessed time and I pray that we will see the end to the pandemic soon so that we can make more lasting memories here at Preschool!
How has Southlands impacted your life?
Southlands has impacted my life in such a positive way! Being able to pray and worship with my students has changed my life in a way that I didn’t even notice until my husband pointed it out to me. He said that I seemed more open, happy, and less stressed. I feel so much joy coming to work every day! There has not been a child or family that has not left an imprint in my heart. I have formed so many meaningful bonds with the families here and lasting friendships.
Name a time you saw God move on campus.
I see God moving on campus daily through the way the teachers respond to children and the way children are enthusiastic to learn about Christ. I see God moving through the teacher’s dedication and the way they go above and beyond to help each child.
What is one piece of advice you would give to our students?
I would tell them not to worry about anything! I think that when we worry, we also limit God. We cannot control anything but we can trust in God for everything!
Also, I would want to tell them to be thankful in all situations no matter how difficult. Being thankful realigns your mind and heart to God and His plan for us. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
What is your favorite event on campus and why?
My favorite event on campus is the Preschool Graduation Ceremonies we hold at the end of each school year. As a Pre-TK/Pre-K teacher, it is my job to prepare them for elementary school so it is amazing to see each child’s growth from the beginning of the year to the end. We like to make graduation special by singing praise songs, reciting poems, and by distributing diplomas. It is a joyous celebration to mark the end of their preschool journey!
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