I never wanted to be a teacher, yet I’ve been teaching for over 30 years. Why?
In my early years of classroom teaching, the positive I always noted first – the usual answer from a majority of teachers – is the “light-bulb moment.” That moment when a student finally gets it. Being a teacher can include long weeks of lesson planning, paper grading and helping students reach that ligh-bulb moment. They have been working hard; you have been working hard, and suddenly, enlightenment!
Sometimes you see it in a student’s eyes, sometimes the student unabashedly lets you, and anyone within earshot, know it has happened. However it’s recognized, the feeling in that moment is indescribable. Kids are funny. Kids are interesting. I am smarter–and I have laughed harder–because I teach.
As the years have gone by, and I have grown older, my first middle school students are now older than I was when I taught them! This passing of time has revealed an unexpected, and what has become my favorite, teacher benefit – watching many of “my kids” grow up and into pretty cool adults. Students whom I have taught are now doctors, nurses, lawyers, moms, dads, and teachers themselves. During my time at Brookstone Schools, I’ve seen our students go on to study many great things and it has given me great joy that I have been a small part of these lives.
One of my 8th grade students, during my first year teaching at Brookstone, was Ramielle Broadway. He was a good student, quiet and hardworking. A special memory I have is at the end of the school year, he got up in front of the other 8th graders and read his end of year speech. It was so sweet and he spoke so well!
I also taught his brother Ramierre for 6th through 8th grade. During his 7th grade year, he got me hooked on the candy, Hi-Chew. He would often bring bags of it to share with me.
So why did I become a teacher despite never wanting to be one? I was, and continue to be, obedient to God’s voice. (Watch out for God’s sense of humor!) He is my ultimate reason for following this path, and He will be the one who continues to direct it. My hope is that I reflect the importance of being obedient to God so that “my kids” can find their full potential in Christ.