“Mrs. Arnold is an angel from heaven! She was the first teacher that seemed to really understand and love my more reserved son. She has a light and love about her that creates a classroom environment of love and safety.”
“I needed to check my son out for school…how disappointed he was to miss Mrs. Arnold’s history lesson…she was so touched that she decided to change her plans and postpone the history lesson. She really knows how to capture their hearts!”
“She is passionate about early American history and it is so fun to hear her tell these stories by heart which makes my daughter so excited to come home and read more. As a parent, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Why do you love working at AHS? — I love the children. I love being with them every day and growing with them. I love watching their eyes light up and their eagerness to learn as they reason and then relate our lessons to their own lives.
Curriculum Highlight — I delight in the American history curriculum of 5th grade. I have loved American history since I was a very young girl and throughout my life I have used the lessons I learned in history to help guide me. Those lessons have given me a better sense that I have a divine mission to perform in this life. I love sharing this love with my students to help them see their divine mission.
Why teaching? — I have always enjoyed being with children and helping them grow. Teaching and learning have held a special place in my heart since I was twelve years old and our bishop called me to teach music in Primary.
Family — I am the oldest of five children and was raised on a cattle and sheep ranch in the high Uintah Mountains. I learned to drive the tractor when I was seven years old to help haul the hay. My father and mother taught me to love work, family and be grateful. I have five children and 10 grandchildren, who are the light of my life. For my birthday, they all (adults and children) spent the night and we had a sleepover!!
Hobbies — Reading, sewing, cooking, gardening, and learning are a few of the things I do in my spare time. I admit I enjoy learning and preparing for my class. I love traveling to history sites around the country and spend part of my summers recreating history (living history) by dressing up as a pioneer and sharing the history of the church with others.
“I hope to leave a legacy of love for history and a knowledge in each child’s heart that they have a very important part in God’s plan. I hope to lead them to Christ and give them a foundation of strong character gleaned from the people in history that we learn about.”
What Life Experience prepared you to teach at AHS?
My children and I volunteered as docents at This Is the Place State Park. In 1997, I took 3 of my girls and we participated in the Sesquicentennial Wagon Train and pulled a handcart from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake. We wore pioneer clothes, prepared and ate pioneer food and slept in pioneer tents. It was a challenging experience but we learned a little of what our ancestors went through to build the Lord’s Kingdom. My daughters and I gained a great desire to do our part in building His Kingdom now. Twenty years later, that is still what I am trying to do.