Phyllis Yee, MLS Class of 2002, is excited to be recognized by Martin Luther School at this year’s Spring Soirée. Yee is “still shocked, humbled, and blessed,” to be receiving the Servant of Christ Award this year. Yee was an untraditional student in her first years here, being someone who was not Christian or particularly religious. Her parents had sent her to MLS because they didn’t want to send her to the public school in the area. “While I was here I didn’t believe in God anymore because of the things going on in my life, but I realized God put me here for a reason.” She now serves as a Deaconess for Lutheran Friends of the Deaf for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations. She looks fondly back on her time at Martin Luther and explains that “Martin Luther School played a huge role in my early and late life.”
Q: Phyllis, who were some of your favorite teachers during your time at MLS?
Phyllis: Lisa Daniels was one of my favorite teachers. We went on Marine Biology trips and I always remember her being very personable and easy to get along with. She really related with her students and we always felt we could go and talk with her. I also loved Mrs. Borchert who was my German teacher. I went on the Germany trip with her in my Junior year and it was truly an amazing experience. I still remember some German today!
Q: What are some of your favorite memories from your time at MLS?
Phyllis: I was involved in the theatre program here, specifically working backstage. That was a great program to be involved in. I also really enjoyed participating in the Volleyball Intramurals. I have to say that the friends I made are my most significant memory. I am still close with some of them today. I also loved being exposed to a small-knit community school.
Q: Have you stayed in touch with other MLS Alumni?
Phyllis: Yes, I am still close friends with my friends from high school. One of my best friends from high school, Erika Weber, is the God Mother to one of my daughters.
Q: Why would you say that MLS is the “Small School – Smart Choice”?
Phyllis: I feel that the close-knit community and the exposure to Christian culture in the school setting is what makes this an amazing choice. The teachers are extremely caring and really immerse themselves in the lives of the students – which is something you can’t find at every school.
Q: What is a piece of advice you have for current MLS students?
Phyllis: Persevere – don’t give up on what you are aspiring to do in life. Even if God leads you in a different path than where you originally thought you would be on– He has a plan. God works in mysterious ways. I wasn’t initially Lutheran when I came to MLS. I turned out meeting someone through my MLS friends who was going to become a Lutheran Pastor. I wound up marrying him.
Q: What is your advice to MLS students applying to college or choosing a path for after MLS?
Phyllis: Find something you love and are passionate about and find a school that caters to that program. It may take a few years to figure out what you want to do and that is okay. Pick something you are passionate about.
Q: Phyllis, we want to congratulate you again on receiving the Servant of Christ Award this year. We are very excited to recognize your incredible work. What does this kind of recognition mean to you?
Phyllis: I was so shocked when I received the call – very humbled and shocked. My life has led me to places I could never have imagined and I am very blessed. I have God to thank for that. I don’t feel I deserve it at all. God has placed me on the path I am on for a reason and it is not at all the path I imagined I would be on.
As Phyllis remembered her years after MLS fondly she explained:
“I met people through MLS who changed my life – made me who I am today. I went to the seminary to become a Deaconess in the Lutheran Church and am now receiving this award – it’s all a part of what God wants me to do.”
We want to thank Phyllis for taking the time to reflect on her incredible Martin Luther experience. We are looking forward to honoring her with the Servant of Christ Award at the Spring Soirée on March 13th, 2018.
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