Mrs. Osborne teaches 3rd grade and Elementary Hebrew and has a bachelor’s degree in education. The Augustine Forum recently spoke with her about her life and her experiences at ACA.
What do you believe is the most important part of a child’s learning experience?
Inspiring a love of learning in a child is the most important aspect of teaching. Without it, a teacher can do nothing. An old Chinese proverb says, “When the student is ready, a teacher will appear.”
What brought you to ACA?
My children first attended ACA while home schooling. It was through my experience as a parent that drew me to become part of this wonderful family.
What do you like the most about ACA?
There are so many things that I love about ACA. First, I appreciate the classical approach of teaching children to think. I have had many years of teaching experience and have not seen such an effort before to teach children to think critically. This is important to me as a parent because I do not want my children leaving home to go to college only to be persuaded away from their faith because they are not able to critically analyze what is true against what they are being taught in a secular environment. Also, I love the family feeling at ACA. The teachers and moms are watching out for each other’s children. The students also look after each other and include each other. Of course, the Biblical worldview taught at ACA is vitally important to me as well. Personally, I love learning because everything shows how great our God is. The orderliness of math shows God’s wisdom. Creation shows His amazing ability to recycle and equalize all things.
What is your favorite aspect of teaching?
I love learning! I learn something new every day. I also enjoy seeing things through a child’s perspective. They sharpen me and make me laugh.
Of all the grades, why do you teach 3rd grade?
Third grade is a transitional year in that students begin reading to learn instead of learning to read. Students are still very sweet. I love the fact that they want to please their teacher and love her so much. I prefer working with children. For one thing, they so quickly forgive … much quicker and more completely do they forgive than adults. Also, I feel anointed to work with children. When I am around them, I come alive.
What is your favorite teaching moment?
Let me tell you a story. This year as we were studying St. Jerome and his translation of the Vulgate Bible, we were introduced to the term apocrypha. Dr. Ehrlich actually had a copy of the apocrypha in his Bible, so I read a story out of it so the students would have an idea of what it is. We also learned that the Catholic Bible of today still contains the apocrypha, even though ours does not. I made a study guide with questions about this event. One question was, “Whose Bible contains the apocrypha?” The students answered, “Dr. Ehrlich’s Bible,” which is not exactly what I had wanted them to learn, but it made me smile! I love seeing things from their viewpoint.
What is your favorite subject to teach?
I am really enjoying history, because history of the Middle Ages is relatively new for me. I enjoy Shurley English because of the songs and questions — students learn to understand the parts of speech and how they work together. I love teaching science because I am truly amazed at how God has created everything. The fact that we give off carbon dioxide so that plants can use it, and we need the oxygen they give off is incredible. So many facts intrigue me and cause me to stand in awe of our Creator. Hebrew is fun because we get to learn more about the language and culture of God’s people. Jesus was a Jew and spoke Hebrew, so it is interesting to gain insight into who He is.
What do you think is the perfect class size?
Fifteen seems to be a good number. You can play games in groups and yet have time to work individually with students.
What keeps the smile on your face?
I am very conscious of the fact that I have been forgiven. Oh Lord, You have searched me and known me well and STILL You invite me to come to the mountain that You dwell on in holiness. God never gives up on me. In 2006, I was angry for the whole year. I repented and asked forgiveness. God forgave me. I find this amazing. I am also grateful to my husband for his forgiveness. So, I feel incredibly thankful to be loved so much. I want to communicate this unbelievable love with everyone. I am ready to give an answer for the hope that is in me: It is the newness and forgiveness of Jesus.
How did you come to know Jesus Christ?
At age 8, I prayed for Jesus to come into my heart and began a series of spiritual growth spurts. In my teens, I had more to give to God and did. My family fell apart because of my father’s drinking, and God became my refuge. Even several years ago, I realized that I was once again on the throne of my life and asked Jesus to graciously take control again.
**What is your favorite Bible verse? **
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” God has used this Scripture repeatedly to guide me. This is what confirmed to me that I was to become a teacher. During my 11th grade year, I began visiting a first grade classroom in order to see if teaching was actually what I wanted to do. Every time I went, the desire to work with children grew.
Tell us about your family.
Most ACA students know Katie (9th grade) and Ben (6th grade). Bryan and I will have been married 25 years this August. While many fish have died in our house, we do have a survivor named Jazz who is a 3-year-old min pin. We have attended Fellowship Bible Church for about eight years. We love this church!
What is your favorite parenting moment?
I think I enjoy teaching my children about Jesus the most. When each of them came to understand that he needed Jesus to live in his heart, this was the most precious time. I was fortunate to have had this happen at home. Each morning our family read the Bible during breakfast. It was during this time that Ben and Katie prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts. Katie said, “Papa, I don’t remember the time that Jesus asked me to be in His heart.” Bryan explained that Jesus was waiting for her to ask Him to live in her heart. So, she closed her eyes and asked Him. When she opened her eyes, she said, “He didn’t answer.”
What motivates you?
Music motivates me. I love to sing, dance, and worship with music. When I am down, music lifts me up.
Which three words best describe you?
Mom, happy, organized.
What would you like for people to know about you?
I played the trumpet in marching band when our Arkansas band was number one in the state. I marched in the Rose Parade.
What is something that most people do not know about Sabrina Osborne?
I enjoy cleaning closets and organizing drawers. I like rainy days. I have seen miracles occur in my family. My mom and I didn’t get along for many years partly due to my faith. Five years ago, her brain bled and God changed everything. Instead of an angry woman, she is now my best friend who has read her Bible three times. I am now praying for my brother and sister.
Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I am so grateful for so much. To whom God has given much, much is required. My desire is to make my Father in heaven proud and happy.