VLHS has been part of Robyn Bergquist’s life for thirty years, twelve of them being known as a science teacher and four of them as Robyn Renaud, student. Following her graduation in 1993, this alum attended NAU where she earned a B.S. in Zoology with a Chemistry minor. Since then she has also earned an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Mrs. Bergquist taught science at a public high school for four years before joining our staff. She lists among her professional organizations the Arizona Science Teachers Association and the National Science Teaching Association. She also served on committees to develop state standardized science testing as well as developing and assessing a school district’s science performance based assessments.
She says that when she figured out that God was calling her to teach teenagers, she could not wait to come back and be a part of this community again. When asked what she finds most enjoyable about being a teacher here she replied, “I honestly enjoy being around high school students. I love seeing a student realize their passion in a particular area of study…even if it’s not science! It does my soul good to watch a student deepen their relationship with Jesus as they go through their high school years. Perhaps what I love the most is speaking with alumni as they become amazing members of their community and hearing stories about how our school played a role in that.”
That connection is echoed by a 10th grade student who wrote, “Mrs. Bergquist taught me more about my faith. She really helped me understand who I am by her kindness and love.”
Mrs. Bergquist met her husband Seth while on a mission trip to Greece and they have been married for almost fourteen years. They have a ten year old son, a seven year old daughter, and a two year old black lab. They love to travel in their camper and their goal for this year is to visit every state park in Arizona.