Student Profile: Bethany Haines '13

Covenant College Student Profile Bethany Haines

Class Year


Matthews, NC


Elementary Education

Residence Hall and Floor (for 2010-2011)
Andreas, Imani

I am on Covenant’s visit staff, so I can often be seen welcoming prospective students, eating lunch with them in the Great Hall, and showing them around campus. At the church I attend, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, I help lead a seventh grade girls’ small group, so I enjoy spending my Wednesday and Sunday evenings hanging out with middle school students. Around campus, I love jogging the cross country trails several times a week and hiking to new lookouts with my friends.


Favorite place on campus
As lame as it may be, I absolutely love the atmosphere in the library (the couch and coffee section!) and thus can be found there throughout the day doing almost all of my homework. On warm, sunny days, there is no better place to be than lying out on the green lawns on campus, napping or reading a book.


Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose Covenant for the sense of community I experienced the first time I stayed overnight on campus. There was a welcoming and comforting atmosphere that made me feel like I could make this place my home. I had also heard great things about the education department and loved the Kiddie Lit class I sat in on while visiting.


How is Covenant unique?
Whenever I am asked this question by prospective students, I tell them about the unique hall communities at Covenant. As a freshman, I loved the fact that there were upperclassmen on my hall that I could immediately befriend. Since Covenant does not have sororities or fraternities, community is really fostered on the halls whether it be through eating meals together, taking field trips with hallmates, or having weekly hall rituals.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
'80s Skate Night is without a doubt the most ridiculously fun and entertaining event on campus! Whether or not you can skate, you get plenty of laughs at everybody’s creative costumes. You enter the rink and feel like you have been put into a time warp.


What is your favorite class, and why?
Being an elementary education major, my favorite class is Teaching Literature to Children (Kiddie Lit). Dr. Rebecca Pennington’s passion for children’s literature is felt by everyone in the class. The class allows you to reread picture books from childhood and novels from elementary school with a grown up perspective of analysis and critique. I leave each class wondering if I should become an elementary school librarian!


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Beverly Frame was one of the first people I met who worked at Covenant. She was the admissions representative who gave me my first tour of Covenant, and was ultimately the main driving force in getting me to choose Covenant. Currently, I work with Beverly in the Probasco visitors center and thoroughly love the genuine joy and care she shows to each staff member, student, and prospective student. Through the way she lives her daily life, those around her get a glimpse of Christian community.


What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
Mornings. Yes, I am a morning person! I look forward to getting up early enough each morning to either go for a jog or eat breakfast in the Great Hall while the sun rises.


What are your post-graduation plans?
I hope to enter the teaching field immediately after I graduate, and head back home to the Charlotte area to teach in an elementary school. After a couple of years, I will most likely pursue my master's in some area of education, while continuing to teach. Currently, I am not sure whether I am being called to public, private, or Christian education, but I do know that my preferred grades would be third through fifth (older elementary). Eventually, I would love to get married and have children, take a break from teaching to raise my children, and return to teaching once they are of school age.


How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
My perspective on teaching is being critiqued and evaluated on a daily basis. Covenant has taught me to view the students, parents, and teachers I encounter with a creation, fall, redemption mindset. In many of my classes, required observations and practicum allow me to practice what I am being taught in real life settings, so that when I have a classroom of my own I feel as equipped as possible.



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