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Georgia Baptist teaching principles from home in a public setting

Public school teacher’s two oldest children attend public school, while three youngest are homeschooled


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Values taught at home can be reflected in his time as a public school teacher, said Tom Rittweger, a member of The Church at Woodland in Cartersville. At their home Rittweger's wife, Anne, teaches the couple's three youngest children. Their two oldest children attend public school.

The values Tom Rittweger looks to instill in his children through home- school are the ones he hopes to exhibit as a teacher in the public school system.

“My wife and I wanted to give our children a strong foundation academically and spiritually – and not pick up bad habits young,” said Rittweger, a math teacher at Woodland High School near Cartersville and member of The Church at Woodland.

“At school, the kids will ask me about my church at times, such as when I wear my shirt with the church logo on it. There’s been times where I’ll invite a student if they sound interested in an event.”

The split between public and home school doesn’t stop with Rittweger. Anne, his wife, teaches Sarah, 9, Nathan, 6, and Jacob, 4. Twelve-year-old Matthew and Hannah, 11, attend public school.

“Being a teacher in the public school system, I’ve a good idea of academic rigor and what makes a good student,” said Rittweger, whose father was also a teacher. “I also can see how in homeschool there is more individualized, efficient instruction and that students can focus on particular interests.”

Rittweger’s purpose for homeschooling his own children mirrors his view of ministry in the classroom.

“We want to instill positive values and study habits in them. Get them used to doing well and they’ll succeed.”