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Story by Heidi Wetmore

The community of Chesapeake Conference's Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) welcomes three new faces to the 2021–22 school year:

Carmen Alejandra Esposito is SAA’s new school counselor. Esposito, an experienced teacher, vice principal and counselor, has worked in both North and South America. She has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Psychology. “My ultimate career goal is to inspire every student in such a way that I will see each one in heaven,” says Esposito.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13, NKJV).

Philippians 4:13 helps me achieve so many things. When I take a test in school, I always think about this verse to remind me that God will help me do well. Or if I have a competition and I am scared, I think of this verse to remind me that God is on my team. God can help me through anything.

In my young 10-year-old life, I have been taught that God’s grace is His free gift to all, and that I have a chance to receive His blessings. The grace of God is sufficient for all my needs and covers all my errors, sins and mistakes. God’s grace is with everyone, so He will stand for us, no matter what.

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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6, NKJV).

I have always believed that logical thinking, risk analysis and dealing with life in a sensible and realistic way would guarantee success. I used to consider myself pragmatic, focusing on the processes behind any task, initiative or goal.

When you are pragmatic, you are practical. You follow the rules and expect to be rewarded. You are usually successful, but are often still searching for “the answer.” You may attend church, but a true understanding of the Bible eludes you; it stays hidden.