Alumni Spotlight - October 2019

Alumni Spotlight!

 

Katie Freeman (formerly Rebers… yes, just like Mr. Rebers…he is my dad)

                    

YEARS ATTENDED: 1996-2002

SCHOOLS ATTENDED AFTER GCA: 
  1. Winnebago Lutheran Academy- High school (Fond du Lac, WI)
  2. Virginia Tech- Undergraduate studies (Blacksburg, VA)
  3. George Mason University- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (Fairfax, VA)
  4. Virginia Commonwealth University- Doctorate degree in Nurse Anesthesia (Richmond, VA)

CURRENT OCCUPATION: I’ve been a registered nurse for almost 10 years working with trauma and surgical patients. Technically, right now I’m a graduate student, but on December 14, 2019 I will receive my doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia and become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Feel free to call me Dr. Freeman smiley

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK: In the morning, I arrive at the hospital and change into the world’s comfiest uniform= SCRUBS (basically like wearing pajamas all day). I arrive to my assigned operating room to prepare and set up for patients having their surgery to get better. Once the patients arrive to the operating room, it is my responsibility to safely get them off to sleep, place a breathing tube, and keep them asleep and comfortable while the doctors operate. I closely monitor their breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure during the case to keep the patients stable. After the surgery is done, I wake the patient up, remove their breathing tubes, and get them to the recovery room so they can finish healing. I get to take care of people of all ages from tiny little babies to adults. It has been so rewarding to be there for them in their time of need providing comfort and encouragement! 
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING GCA:  Personally: Never lose sight of your faith in God. This faith will carry you through the good times, but most importantly during the difficult times that happen in life. I pray each of you hold fast to that anchor when you feel sad or hopeless.
 
Academically: Always try and think to the future, the actions you do now will impact your life down the road. Put in the extra effort now: study hard, learn all that you can, and set goals for yourself. I promise you, you will thank yourself and it will pay off in the end.


WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH AT GCA AND BEYOND?: 
At Grace, I was involved in basketball in 7th and 8th grade, and I took piano lessons from 3-8th grade. In high school, I continued my involvement in music by joining choir all 4 years and was a member of the show choir my last year. I had so much fun being in choir! I met some of great friends and working together to perform beautiful music was like nothing else to me. My recommendation is: find something you enjoy whether that is sports, music, forensics, or theater and just do it! Take advantage of what your schools have to offer.


BEST GCA MEMORY: Many of you probably don’t remember when the school only had 3 classrooms, and the middle hallway was actually outside! I was a student when the new addition to the school was being built. One really fun memory I have of being at Grace was after all the construction was done, my 8th grade classmates and I had the opportunity to paint the mural that many of you might have seen in the little lamb’s room. It was a picture of Jesus with all the little children. It was such a fun opportunity that produced a beautiful work of art that families could enjoy for many years. Unfortunately, there was recent water damage and the mural has now since been painted over, but I’ll never forget that wonderful memory I made with my friends at Grace!
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE GCA IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?:

Christ-focused: This goes deeper than just the obvious answer of being a Christian school. GCA emphasizes that you Christ be evident in your school life as well as in our life outside of the classroom. Be the light that shines! Supportive: The staff at GCA will always be there for you. There is something special about the group of teachers that work or have worked within Grace over the years: They love and care for each one of you more than you know. Never take that for granted. Memorable: For me, Grace was a huge part of my life growing up. Both my parents have been teachers there, my family and I attended school and church there. I have shared many laughs and some occasional tears there. It was where I married my husband. I can’t imagine my life without the impact Grace has had in it.

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?: You know those magic eye books where you have to cross your eyes to see the 3D images? Well, I can see ANY magic eye image in less than 5 seconds.

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS: Some of my hobbies include: staying active at the gym with a variety of gym classes, baking and decorating desserts, playing piano, and spending time with my husband and family.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT GCA SCHOLARS?: 
  1. Be kind and respectful to your teacher and classmates.
  2. Say please and thank you (it goes a LONG way).
  3. Glorify God in all your actions.
  4. And do yourself a favor (trust me on this one) learn how to type properly on a keyboard smiley