My family is a family of educators. Our history is full of educators, but I will not bore you with all the extended details. “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20. I do want to share my direct line:
My Grandmother (Father’s Mother): Swanee
My Father: Alfred
My Daughter: Hannah
We are a lineage of public educators and I can remember some of my parent’s struggles growing up, but I know there was nothing else my father should have been doing except loving students. He was a middle school physical education teacher, a coach, and an administrator at all levels. People to this day continue to tell stories about his love for his job, other educators, and students. I followed his footsteps as a high school English teacher and finally as a middle school school library media coordinator. I found my passion! I love this age!
Now, as I near the end of my career, I pass the passion torch to my daughter who chose a harder yet fulfilling path. She loves her students deeply as she walks each day through the doors of a low performing school with low income students. She loves and cares for sometimes their physical needs, sometimes their mental needs. She celebrates their successes often and cries with them when they struggle. So yes, Public Education is personal.
Last week the country watched a unified effort as North Carolina educators stood up for their students. I am sad to see how others view educators. I know the evening news shows the bad most of the time in education, but the majority of educators come to work and love their “kids”.
I have seen teachers:
- Buy clothes and sew clothes for students
- Buy formal wear
- Buy food
- Provide snacks, breakfast, and lunch money
- Get students medical services
- Tutor on their own time after school or at the public library
- Buy school supplies not just for their classroom but individual students.
- Be parent stand-ins
- Travel to watch and support student’s passions
These are just a few of the things I know teachers have done for their students. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Honestly, schools nor educators are financially able to meet the needs of some of our students. I firmly believe the majority of educators want better for their students and classroom before themselves, but even educators deserve better. Yet, why don’t we want better for students and their teachers. ”
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
I pray our “elected leaders” in both parties are doing more than listening because as our family motto goes, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”. Act for our students and the educators who love them.”
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,” Proverbs 1:5.
My Favorite Teacher
Jesus was our great teacher. “This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”” John 3:2. His example is one I see in so many teachers. Think about your favorite teacher, I know that when I compare mine to Christ, I see clearly God’s work. When I think of some of the great teachers who touched my life, I remember characteristics such as service, discipline, loving, passionate, and caring. All of these are characteristics of Jesus Christ, My Savior and Great Teacher. Yes, I believe teachers are the some of the strongest people I know.
Closing Verse: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19.
Challenge: Volunteer in your local school. They really need you in the coming weeks. Go and see God’s work. There is nothing better than touching a child’s life.
God continues to show his grace. God continues to bless. God continues to allow this person to shine. My prayers continue for God to bless and show his love in this person’s life.