Christy Fitzwater


    High School Spanish Teacher
    Personal:  christy@christyfitzwater.com 
    School:  406.752.4400 (x206)
    I grew up in Wyoming and chose to follow Christ when I was eight years old. I remember this well, because I was soon after baptized in the fridgid waters of the Popo Agie River. That was in 1977, but let's not say that out loud. 
    Fitzwater Family  
    I received my BA and teaching certificate from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas. This school is where I met my husband, who has a masters in psychology and is now an associate pastor at Easthaven Baptist Church. He helped me study Spanish in college, and we enjoy speaking Spanish to one another at home. (This was super helpful when our kids were little and they had no idea what we're talking about.)
    We have two grown children. My daughter, Jayme, is married, and she and her husband live here in Kalispell. They have a Border Collie named Beverly. My son, Caleb, is married and is about to graduate from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. (I'm so thankful to teach high school Spanish, now that my kids are out of the house. I think I always need to have teenagers in my life.)  
    Teaching Spanish is a joy to me, as I take students from knowing how to say "hola" and "taco" to being able to speak hundreds of sentences covering a few dozen topics. My hope is that students will catch my enjoyment of the language and continue to learn the language for the rest of their lives. 
    Aside from teaching, I'm also a writer (christyfitzwater.com). My desire is to help people know God, and that flows into my classroom. Learning Spanish is valuable, but I hope my students also catch my enjoyment in knowing God. I was recently reading Life without Lack, by Dallas Willard, and he said, "Jesus delights in all people." I've secretly adopted that for the motto in my classroom, as I learn to delight in all of the personalities God has created and, in turn, teach my students they are valuable in Jesus' eyes. If I can teach them this, I will consider myself a successful teacher.
    I hope to see your student in my classroom. I promise to pray for him or her regularly and to give my best effort as a teacher every day.
    Christy Fitzwater