Sep 20 2011

Your Best Teacher

There is nothing more important to young students than an inspiring teacher.  Someone who teaches them about the world and challenges them to reach their full potential. 

Saw this story last night about a little girl in 4th grade. She was shuffled around from home to home, very poor and felt worthless.  Until her teacher gave her a job of passing out crackers.  She said for the first time in her life she felt important. 

That little 4th grader was Oprah

I had a teacher like that for my kids, Mrs. King.  She was their first teacher and taught the "older 2's" in preschool.  She loved completely and unconditionally.  She taught my oldest daughter, Emily, then two years later my son, Andy.  She let my kids be who they truly are. She let Emily be the loud social butterfly, and let Andy be the quiet sensitive one.  She encouraged them and didn't try to get them to fit into her mold.

Last year when she sent home a project of tracing everyone's feet in the family to learn about big, bigger, and biggest.  It was the first time I didn't send it back in.  She didn't know that Daddy didn't live in our home anymore.  No one knew yet except for family and close friends.  I couldn't bring myself to do the project, the hurt was still very real at that time.  After a week had gone by she kindly reminded me to send it back, with a knot in my stomach and a lump in my throat I did it.  Baby Zoe's feet were little, Andy's feet were big, Emily's were bigger, and Mommy's were the biggest.  I slipped it in Andy's backpack, and silently prayed that no one would say anything.  She kept my secret until I was ready to talk about it.  When I finally "went public" with an email to family and friends, she called me and with a smile said, "So…You want to tell me about this breakup?"  She listened and offered her help. 

When we were moving so I could work with K-LOVE, she watched my kids at her house while I packed and loaded up the van.  She protected my kids and me.  She made us feel worthy of love, something all four of us needed very desperately.

Tell me about an amazing teacher in your life that has inspired and encouraged you or your kids.

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9/20/2011 12:09:20 PM
Sheena United States
Sheena
My wonderful sister is a fifth grade teacher at our local elementary. Last Friday we held our annual Believer's Bash on the football field after the game. She had the honor of leading one of her students to Christ! How awesome is that?! He will always remember his fifth grade teacher being that light in his life.
9/21/2011 7:08:58 AM
Shelly Barlow United States
Shelly Barlow
Dear Amanda,
     I was driving on my way to school where I teach 2nd grade.  This is my 17th year teaching.  I LOVE MY JOB!  We teachers are too often blamed for things that are wrong with our kids today instead of encouraged and prayed for.  Your words yesterday about your daughter's teacher and how she goes above and beyond were so encouraging.  Those of us who are Christians in public education are called to be salt and light and it is our mission field.  I think of the wonderful home school teachers and pre-school teachers who also work very hard at their jobs.  Teachers are under attack where movies are portraying us as stupid or not doing our jobs correctly.  The demands have SKYROCKETED in the last few years and even as a veteran teacher, I am struggling this year.  PLEASE continue to pray for us daily!  Thanks again for your heartfelt words and making me smile as I taught my wonderful class yesterday.  May you be blessed by someone and encouraged today as well.  You are a JOY to listen to on the way to work.  God bless!!!!
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