She has only been on the job since July 26 and already Sara Muetzenberg, who just assumed the position as pre-school director at Creekside Church of Christ of Midlothian, has ambitious goals and visions to reach children.

Having been an educator in public schools, Muetzenberg, who took a sabbatical from teaching while her own children were small, started teaching again when they became pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and finished her master’s degree from Abilene Christian University in Christian leadership/education, with a certification in principalship and curriculum. Her undergraduate degree, also from ACU, is in education, and she is certified to teach in all levels – pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Muetzenberg and her husband Robby, a Waxahachie firefighter, have been associated with the church since it was Rolling Hills Church of Christ of DeSoto.

She shared some of her reasons for wanting to leave public schools and work with children in a Christian setting.

“This position came open and I interviewed for it and got the job,” she said. “The opportunity was here and I know that God has a plan. What led me here was a motto that I have lived by – even in public school – ‘Saving the world – one child at a time.’ ”

Muetzenberg said it was becoming more and more difficult to discipline students in public schools and noted she had some elementary students who refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.

“I told one student who refused to stand for the pledge that no one was forcing him to say the words, but there are people who are dying in battlefields for his freedom and the least he could do was stand in respect of that – but he still wouldn’t do it,” she said.

Her goals for her work with a pre-school program at Creekside include a five-day-a-week program licensed through the state; she hopes the program will be up and running by mid-semester next fall.

“About 90 percent of my staff are certified teachers. We will start out with 12-month- through 5-year-olds. I really want to focus on the first few years of a child’s life and provide them with a good Christian-based, loving, academically excellent program,” she said. “A lot of schools are mostly motivated by profit, but we are going to have the lowest cost tuition in the area because our goal is to reach kids and give them a very good foundation for kindergarten.”

A major part of Muetzenberg’s initiatives will include intensive training sessions for her teaching staff, preparing them in classroom maintenance, positive reinforcement, reading strategies, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other issues relevant to education.

Sara and Robby have two children: Robyn, a fifth-grader at Felty Elementary School, and Kaleb, who will be in the sixth grade at Howard Middle School.

Muetzenberg will be the fourth full-time staff member at Creekside, where Russell Heil is the lead minister. The church has a full-time praise team leader and recently added a youth minister.

“All our office staff and maintenance staff are volunteer,” she said.

For further information, visit the church website at www.creeksidecc.com. Visit Facebook at Creekkids Preschool. Email Muetzenberg at sara.muetzenberg@creeksidecc.com or call her at 972-351-9400, ext. 311.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.