Mrs. Margaret Handyside

“Be sure to love the student even if you do not always like his or her behavior. Look beyond the behavior to the reason.” This is a quote from Mrs. Handyside, our Director of Early Childhood and Pre-Student Field Experiences. Mrs. Handyside believes that one of the keys to being a successful teacher is having love for your students.  Margaret Handyside is married to David Handyside, the Director of Student Teaching and associate professor here at MBBC. They have been married for 42 years and have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Margaret began her career as a teacher at a rural three-room school in Illinois five miles outside of town. She says that “it was a wonderful place to start. One of the other teachers was a wonderful mentor. I taught there two years and looped (had the same children in first and second grades).”

Mrs. Handyside also believes that a teacher can have a profound influence on her students. Her favorite teacher growing up was her 7th grade science teacher. She says, “I did not like science before 7th grade. She made it fun and understandable.”

Most important, though, to Margaret is her relationship with the Lord. She accepted the Lord as her Savior when she was six years old, and this change in her life has had the greatest impact on her teaching as she believes that she should “never step into the classroom withoug having spent time in prayer, committing [her] day to God.”