Mindy Ploeckelmann

I am so thankful for the blessing and privilege that I have had as a teacher at Sunrise.  My husband and I feel that this school is an extension of our home even though our children graduated from Sunrise over ten years ago.

I began my teaching career over thirty years ago after graduating from WSU.  I taught in the Derby school district until stopping to raise my children.  Later, I was able to teach at a Wichita Christian School that is no longer open, and also provide some private instruction for homeschool families.

Since I started teaching at Sunrise twenty years ago, I have been blessed to have seen God work through the staff and students to create an exceptional school.  The English department is a good example of this excellence.  We have planned a course of action from 6th-12th grade which not only develops a strong base in grammar, but raises the performance expectation each year for students to use these skills while analyzing great pieces of literature.  It has been my joy to work with students to mold their discernment through critical thinking in order to line up with the standard of truth found in God’s Word.   Literature, writing, and research provide the platform for developing this maturity.  I am proud to say that when our students graduate from Sunrise, they have become well rounded leaders with language skills that enable them to proclaim Truth to the world in an effective and convincing manner. 

Philosophy and Christian Worldview:

Philosophy is an elective offered to the Junior and Senior student who has interviewed with the instructor prior to enrollment.  The student may take one or two years for elective credit.  Differing religions, philosophies and philosophers will be examined.  The philosophy student must be able to do research and write a documented paper.  Projects will be required each quarter as well as preparation for discussions on class topics.  A laptop computer, for  note taking and research, is not required but is beneficial.

Matthew 22:37 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’   This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Every person has a philosophy of life.  That philosophy and how a person lives that out are rooted in his view of God.  A Christian mind and life must be rooted in the view of God given in His Word, but that Christian also must live in a world of competing ideas and a pluralism of beliefs.  Today’s Christian has the challenge of understanding these positions yet standing firm in the truth. By loving the Lord with clear and proper thinking, we can better love others and be able to communicate truth to a dying world.