- Posted on December 12, 2012
Many of the major milestones in Margaret Harvey’s life have happened right here at First Presbyterian. Not only was she baptized and married at the church, but she even met her husband John in the parking lot. She attended kindergarten through sixth grade at the Day School, is a Day School parent – and for the third year, she can add Day School kindergarten teacher to the list.
“I was born at Baptist Hospital and graduated from Millsaps College,” she says. “This little block of Jackson is right where I want to be. There is nowhere else I’d rather be than at FPDS.”
Margaret credits her second grade teacher Mrs. Judy Hand for her own desire to be a teacher, and her memories as a student at FPDS are vivid. “I was the ‘L’ in ‘candle’ in the first grade play, and a juggler in the kindergarten circus,” she says. “I can still sing most of the songs from the plays.”
As a parent, Margaret says she wanted her children – Anne Clark, a seventh grader at Jackson Prep, and Jack, a third grader here at FPDS – to have what she was blessed to have…the ability to handle life from a Christian perspective and the foundation of a Biblical worldview. “The hearts of the people here belong to Jesus – not just the teachers but the administration and all of the staff. The teachers here teach my children how they would want their own children to be taught.”
And now as a teacher, Margaret prays that Jesus would be shown in her classroom. “I strive to share Jesus’ love with my students every day – in teaching them the Bible and how to read it, teaching them to pray, and teaching them to be kind.”
Her class verse echoes her prayer – Ephesians 4:32 – Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you.
Drop by Mrs. Harvey’s classroom on a Friday, and you might catch this former tennis, basketball and cross country star in her pajamas on “P” Day or camouflage for “C” Day.
“I am so thankful for the foundation of a Christian education,” she says. “And for the privilege to be able to pass on what my wonderful teachers taught me.”