Carla talks a little about her history: the state where she grew up (Missouri), her college career, her marriage and her history as a teacher. “I started teaching in 1999-2000 in an inner-city school . . . with very needy kids. I really loved it, but felt the need for a change.” She went on to work with reading intervention, teaching eight small groups of children a day.
Her career and her family go hand in hand. “I got pregnant with our first son just after getting my master’s in education.” Her husband stayed home on Saturdays with the baby while she went to classes to get her principal’s license. “I never knew when I’d use my license, but I wanted to be prepared.”
Carla is now the assistant principal at an elementary school. “This job fell into my lap — God opened every door.” She applied for the job two weeks before she and her husband went to Ethiopia to pick up the little boy they were adopting.
“Six weeks after getting our child, I went back to work. I love my job — I think it’s the best ever. It’s a difficult place for me to be often times . . . I don’t know, I really struggled within the church, just feeling really different, feeling really misunderstood. I don’t love my kids any less than anybody else and I totally feel like I am where I’m supposed to be right now, and that feels really good.”
Later, on video, she says:”I’ve used the phrase ‘lonely island’ when I talked about the sphere I’m representing because . . . it seems in conference and in the church that I’m attending right now there aren’t a lot of professional, working women, and so I often feel disconnected from other people. I often feel maybe misunderstood when I talk about my career and what I really feel like God’s called me to do.
“And I mean that in relationship with what he’s called me to do at school, in my career and also how it relates to having the children and a family and a husband, and how all those things work together.
“And I really would like to see this project have some other people brought to my side, or just have some understanding of what we all mean to each other and what we all can bring to the body of Christ.”