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In other words, I have the privilege of having a woman's perspective on men. And today I've got a mama bear. I've got a mama bear with me today on the show. Ms. Paige Loudermilk, welcome to the Man Up show.
Oh, thank you. I'm so excited. I've been looking forward to this. Well, I'm excited to have you on the show, and I mean it. It's always a privilege anytime I can have a woman on the show with me to give just a different perspective, you know.
And we get a lot of women that listen to the show, and of course this show is broadcast not only across America, but really around the world once it goes up on our podcast platform. And so to have you on the show today is just a special treat and a real privilege. So thank you for making the time.
Oh, thank you so much. Well, let's, Paige, let's do this. Let's give four listeners out there, part of the introduction was I've got a mama bear on the show today. Of course, how we met really was through your son, Brandon, and we're going to talk, we'll talk more, we'll get more into more detail on that. But so where are we talking to you from today? Like where do you reside and where do you live?
Oh, okay. I reside in Powder Springs, Georgia, and I'm a teacher here. I'm married and I have two kids. Brandon's my oldest, and I have a daughter, Hannah. Now, how old is Hannah? She's 15. Fifteen. Okay.
So you're a mama bear to two and in Powder Springs, Georgia. How long have you guys lived in Powder Springs? Oh, we've been here for about 17, 18 years.
Okay. And how long have you been married to your wonderful hubby? Oh, 27 because Brandon's 26. So 28 years. 28 years. 28 years.
I've been married. And what's his name? Todd.
Todd. Okay. And so, interesting. So you're, how long have you been teaching? Which, thank you, by the way, for being out there in that field.
Oh, thank you. Well, I taught in public school for about 11 years. I was a kindergarten teacher, and then I decided to get out of the public school system and I thought I was going to do something else. Well, God had a different plan for me. My daughter, I put her in a private school here in Powder Springs, and I thought, well, I'll just put her in there.
I'm not going to go back into teaching. Well, they needed someone part-time. I got in there on that basis. Great.
I don't have to do it all day long. But then when I got in, they needed a high school teacher, and I'd never taught high school before. And then once they got me in here, that grew, and God has grown me from kindergarten to teaching science, from middle school all the way up to high school, to 12th grade. Wow. So what... He prepared me for that. I was not expecting that.
What a transition from elementary all the way into high school, right? Right. So there's some relatability. I got to share this story with you. So I actually have... Now, most people know Nikita Kolov, The Russian Nightmare, as a professional wrestler, or many people do.
Let's just say that. And more and more and more people are coming to know me as the minister, the evangelist, et cetera. But if they hadn't read my book, Nikita, A Tale of the Ring and Redemption, some might not know I actually have a teaching degree from college. You probably didn't know that, Paige, did you? No, I did not. I did not. See? It's just to prove my point.
Yeah. So quick, funny story on that. So from back at about age 12, I got what I call a vision for my life. I started lifting weights and playing football and fell in love with football and thought I would do that professionally and then have that career and then go off into coaching and have that career and then sail off into the sunset to kind of condense the story down. But I had a plan B, and my plan B was I was going to graduate from college. Unlike some athletes, I was determined to graduate from college. And I went into...
I went and pursued a teaching degree in physical education with a minor in coaching and health. Okay? Oh, okay. Yep, which all kind of tied in with the whole overall picture, at least I thought I had for myself.
And so I'm pursuing all of that. And I remember my senior year of college and we had to take these... and I guess, I don't know, they weren't called internships, but you had to go and... I forget the technical name, but you had to go... I had to go to elementary school and do like six weeks of hands-on in elementary school. Right, like student teaching?
Yeah, I guess maybe that's what it was called. And then six weeks in middle school. And I got to tell you, I don't remember if I did middle school or elementary first, but whichever one I did first, I'm like, I'm not doing that one for a career, right?
And then I did the other one, I'm like, well, I'm not doing that one for a career either. If I'm going to teach, I want to teach like college age or something, right? Right. And I'm like, so I commend you on one, on teaching at the elementary level and having the patience for that.
And then secondly, moving all the way up to middle school and on into high school. That's amazing. But just a little backstory on the Russian nightmare that some people may not know about me. Yeah. Let me say this too, though. So here's the interesting thing.
So I never became a form, what you might say, of teaching in formal education. However, when I look back at this juncture, it's pretty clear I've been, gosh, I've been teaching like for a good majority of my life. Let me just say that.
Yes, you have. I can see that in what you're doing. Yeah. And we're going to talk about that. Yeah. Hold that thought because we're going to talk about that because, yeah, because what's interesting is from even back from the days when I had in the late 80s and early 90s, I had health clubs and I was teaching people how to eat right, how to exercise, right? And eventually, actually, I have four daughters and some of them, I actually did homeschooling. Oh.
Yeah. And I loved it. I actually enjoyed it. I really enjoyed schooling them. Of course, it was in their younger years, but I really did enjoy homeschooling the girls.
And so anyway, so let me ask you this. What has been your, so you did 11 years in public school and now how many years in private? This is my fifth year in private.
Okay, so about 16 years total in education. Okay, so a couple of questions for you. So one, I'll go with the public school first. So what was maybe some of your most fondest favorite memories about teaching in public school? Let me go with that one, that question first.
Okay. Well, I had kindergarten, so they were so sweet. They just saw me as mom. Mama bear, mama bear.
Yes, absolutely. And I loved that and I loved developing those relationships with them. And I knew that that was the beginning of their school career and I had an impact on that. So I was so glad that I got their school career started off on the right foot. And would you have, did you ever have and or do you now maybe even run into some of those former students or did students maybe come back like from middle school or from high school and thank you or have any of those types of experiences?
I have. I was at, my family went to Zaxby's one afternoon and I was standing in line ordering food and a student came up to me. He was old, I could tell he was in high school.
He said, how did my flour melt? Do you remember me? And I could not remember because he's grown up. I remember him in kindergarten and he told me who he was and I remembered instantly who he was.
And he just told me that I was his favorite teacher. Wow. It just, it just meant a lot. Like, wow, it comes back.
It does. Does that mean it's got to be, that's got to be part, you know, that's part of the reward for you, right? And knowing somehow, some way you made some level of impression upon him in kindergarten of all things, right? Yes.
In kindergarten, Paige. That's amazing. And how rewarding is that, huh? It is very rewarding.
Absolutely. Some days the job is so hard, I think I've got five more years I can make the decision, do something else. But when you have those sweet special moments, you're like, this is exactly what I was designed to do. This is what God prepared me for. So, so obviously, I obviously gifted you to, you know, to do that, that very thing. And so you get the opportunity to do that in elementary school.
And let me ask you this. So the middle school and high school has been in the private school, right? Correct. Okay. So 11 years, all elementary, correct? That's correct, yes.
Okay. And then, and so, so there is, so what's the difference, so a couple different questions, I'll start with this one. So what's the difference if you, looking at public school versus private school, what is, experience wise, how has that been like different for you? Okay, well as far as the families that come to the school, there's not much difference as far as their experience with church, what their family lives are like. Most of the time the families that come here are not church at all.
They have not heard the gospel, or they've heard the gospel but they don't, have not seen it modeled at home. So that's not different from public school. But the good thing about this school is we preach, we teach them the Bible every day, and every one of the teachers here are born again, and we share our testimony every day, unlike the public. Was it, so in public school, as a Christ follower, was it, was it challenging for you personally, I mean, you could be salt and light, right? I mean obviously I know there's certain things you're not allowed to do, of course in public school, but they couldn't stop you from being salt and light, even if you weren't sharing your testimony or your faith every day, right? You could still be salt and light to those students. I could, yes, absolutely. It was not that difficult until the last year I was teaching, and it was becoming more and more obvious that they were, I don't want to, it just, it was time for me to go at that point.
I knew it was very clear. They were making it more difficult for conservatives in that setting, so I decided just, okay. That's what I, that's what I was just thinking, yeah, it was just, it was, the word difficult came to mind, yeah, it was becoming more difficult to be salt and light, but you knew that there was the Lord, and, you know, for those out there in Listening Land, you know, the Lord will work in seasons, and certainly it sounds like your season was up there, and then he transitions you into private school, and I understand that. Some of my children went to private school, some went to public school, but kind of some, and then homeschooled, so they got to experience all of it, some of them, but, and so now working with teaching middle school and high school, which has been more challenging, so let's put the public and private aside for a moment. Let's just, let's just center on high school, middle school, elementary.
Which age group would you say, at least for you, has been more challenging? You're listening to the Truth Network and truthnetwork.com. I am excited. Did you hear the huge announcement, the big announcement?
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Go to www.koloff.net and donate today. You're listening to the Truth Network and truthnetwork.com. I believe it would be high school because they start losing that love of learning at a certain point. Like for elementary and middle school, they're still excited. And, you know, they like to learn new things. Something about when they become teenagers, peer pressure is a stronger influence on them.
And that's the issue that I see right now. They're just like, hey, I just want to get through this, right? Let me get through this. Get out of here.
Move on, right, for some of them. All the typical things of present everyday life, right? Yes, yes. Well, interesting. I'm just thinking about Brandon and of course how we met and what's led to this conversation, this interview with you. So tell me about, so when did Brandon first approach you? And I know you made a comment earlier about, you know, about as far in terms of when I said that, you know, I've been teaching most of my life. And what's been your first impression of that?
First impression of branding? I'm not sure I understood. Well, you know, you made a comment. You said when I said, you know, I feel like I've been teaching for most of my life. You go, oh, yeah, it's been evident by what you're doing now. And so when you were introduced to what I'm doing now. So let me say that when you were introduced to what I'm doing now.
What gave you that impression? Oh, let's see, that what you're doing? That teaching is in me.
Okay, that's okay. I could tell because you would always take time for people. You wouldn't just push things down their throat or, you know, when you teach, I've heard your messages online. And you take time to carefully lay it out step by step and that learning is a process. And I could tell that off the bat. Yeah. Right. Because and we're all we're all the process is a good word, right? We're all we're all like say we're all under construction.
We're all in, you know, it is a journey in a process. In fact, one of the things we see at our camp and I know I know we will talk about that in a moment about Brandon's experience at at at Man Camp. But is if he heard it once there, he heard it several times, you know, trust the process, right? Right. He did say that. Oh, he did. Okay.
Yes, he did. So they mommy said we had to trust the process. So I'm going to do from here on out.
So right. Well, that's that's good to know that that he picked up on that. That was instilled in him.
So what were your thoughts? So when he first comes to you and says, hey, I want to I want to go to this camp, like what what what were your first thoughts? Well, it wasn't his idea at the very beginning. We had we talked about it and I said, I think that would be a great idea. And he's like, sure.
But he wasn't as excited as I was about it because I looked into it more and I thought this sounds like something that would be good for him. Well, what time? Oh, go ahead. I'm sorry.
Finish your thought. I was just I'm just going to say that it was really I saw it before he did the potential for that and the blessing that might come from that. Now, how did so how did you did but how did you find it? Did did he tell you about because I know he like he got introduced to it, right? He threw through Lex Luger.
Yeah, that's right. He was working at a car wash. That's what he does. And Lex would come through the car wash once a week. He told me, he said, Mom, I think Lex is coming through my car wash. I was like, right.
Sure. So more times he was brave enough and he asked him if it was him. So through that interaction, I learned more about Lex's testimony and I contacted him and asked if he would come to our school and share his testimony, which he did this last March.
And then after that, he would came to Brandon said, look, there's a man camp coming and I'd like to invite you to that. So I looked it up, just got information. And that's how it all started.
That's all it also. So so interesting. Yeah, because I know when Brandon for when I first talked to Brandon, he was sharing that story. And I think he told me for I don't even know that Lex even mentioned it to me. I think he meant he Brandon somehow we connected and and then had that conversation. I was like, oh, wow. And, you know, he said, yeah, like Lex is a regular customer.
And of course, they would engage, you know, get engaged in a little bit of conversation. I mean, ask you this. So so Powder Springs, Georgia, wrestling is pretty big in Georgia. So did you or the family or Brandon or your husband or were they wrestling fans? And do you sound like you were familiar with the name Lex Luger?
Yes. Now, I am not. I'm just not. That's that's OK, Paige. Not everybody. You're trying to walk gingerly like I don't want to offend this guy.
Don't worry, I'm not going to body slam you or hit you with a Russian sickle. But listen, I realize not everybody is a wrestling fan and that's OK. So so was Brandon affair or like how they make the connection with who Lex Luger was. OK, well, Brandon's definitely the wrestling fan. He when he was in his in middle school, the teen years, he was so into it. I knew Lex back in the day when they only had just a few stations on TV. Yeah, yeah. And wrestling would come on that one channel. So I I was aware of like the big name ones at the time.
Hulk Hogan and gotcha. Staying familiar with them. Yeah.
Some of the commercials. OK. OK. So so there was some familiarity there.
So so when Brandon comes home from the car, he's like, hey, I met Lex Luger today. You go, yeah, right. All right. I don't think so. But it's up at some point, though, you're like, oh, wow, you really he really does come to your car wash. And so.
Yeah. And Lex, by the way, as you are aware of now, he has a powerful testimony, powers for story of transformation. He he is what I like to say.
Page evidence of a true transformation. Like it's not it's not lip service or in any way. I mean, he's he's the real deal. And absolutely anyone who meets him now will know that Lex Luger absolutely loves Jesus.
He loves the Lord. Yeah, I agree. Yeah. Very evident.
Right. And so very thankful and grateful that one, he was able to come and share his testimony at your school. And then secondly, introduce Brandon to to man camp. And so we're post camp at this point, Brandon. He followed through. Now, I do remember, though, him saying that, yeah, my mom was really encouraging, you know, encouraging me to. To come to camp. So I get it almost out of like, yeah, like like like he was not quite as thrilled about it as you were. Right.
But but I'd like to thank her. I'm hoping, though, and it seems like on the last day and having a conversation with him, even asking about, you know, being able to, you know, have you on the show. He seemed to really have got a lot out of the camp. It sounds like it really was a great experience for him. It really was.
And that whole week that he's gone, you know that we we have no idea what's going on that week. So I was like. Hanging on, I had to trust the Lord. I know you got him one. I know you got him. But that was a long week for me. Right.
Because you did come back in a much better state. I was like, wow. So it's for those listening out there, even like, you know, even whether there's other mama bears listening to this who have sons who are like, hey, maybe I should send my son to that camp or, you know, maybe. Wow.
That sounds like something I would want to encourage my husband to go to or let me just ask you that. So you have you would say you've seen not even so much maybe about what Brandon has said as much as you've seen. There's been evidence of some some changes that the camp somehow some way impacted him. Yes. Yes, absolutely.
I would say the number one thing is that he has teeth. But he went with anxiety and fear in a lot. Yeah. Couldn't quite settle. He's always anxious about something. He came back and that was gone. Wow.
Wow. Well, and I we tell guys, you know, guys come for a variety of different reasons and it's probably going to be a different experience for every single guy. So whether it's, you know, Brandon, who came with anxiety and now has found this this inner peace, you might say to to to navigate or, you know, for some guy, it might be physical because we talk about all we talk about the spiritual journey emotions. We talk about we talk about anxiety. We talk about depression, all sorts of things.
We talk about the mental aspect, the physical aspect. And so we covered all. And so so you would say we just got a couple minutes left here. But so you would say to any any any wife, any mama bear out there, you would highly encourage them to consider at least encouraging their their their husband, their son or a man in their life to consider coming to man camp.
Absolutely. And even if there is some resistance, don't give up praying. The Lord just helped me to understand that.
That's what I learned from all this. Do not give up. Stand strong in love and just pray and get gathered. Many people you can and your family, friends, church start praying around them and that will get them there.
And then God will do the change. And it was a miracle, I thought. Well, I appreciate you encouraging him to come. I appreciate him following through and look forward to, you know, what I call lasting fruit that you're going to see continued lasting fruit from what he experienced at camp. Thanks for tuning in to another episode of the Man Up show with Nikita Kolov. God bless you.
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