“I am blessed to call this place my ‘work,’ and I strive to assist our college students in becoming one of America’s greatest assets: teachers.”— Sonja Bindus
B.A., Hillsdale College, 1992
M.A. in Education, Spring Arbor University, 2002
My love of teaching is rooted in childhood memories of following my grandmother to school in rural Indiana. She taught in a small school where students were either Amish or “English.” I sat near her desk in my own assistant desk and marveled at the poise and grace with which she led the elementary classroom.
It was during my time working with at-risk children in a preschool program not far from Hillsdale that I truly discovered the positive impact teachers have in the lives of their students. I continued my teaching career at a local school leading a third-grade classroom. It was a wonderful opportunity to grow further as a teacher; however, when a head-teacher position became available at Mary Randall Preschool, I knew my career would take another turn, and I would return to Hillsdale College, my alma mater.
Since 2000 I have been able to teach a variety of education classes within our Early Childhood Education program as well as serve as head teacher and now director of the Mary Randall Preschool. My commitment and passion for educating and mentoring future teachers grow each year. I am blessed to call this place my “work,” and I strive to assist our college students in becoming one of America’s greatest assets: teachers.