Why I Love Teachers

Later this week I am quite sure I’ll post on Jack’s first day of Kindergarten (Thursday!).  It will be a fun transition for him and for us!

But as I was thinking about it today, it just struck me again how critical educators are to our children and our communities.  And…I’m always amazed at how many educators we have at Suncrest — mostly teachers, but also administrators, aides, coaches, professors, and more.

I won’t pretend to be unbiased.  My wife taught in public elementary schools for 5 years before we had children and I saw first-hand the burden good teachers carry…and the difference they can make.

The Burdens?

  • An amazing amount of prep from day to day.
  • Balancing the demands of expectations…from children, parents, administration…while often the highest expectations are self-imposed.
  • Remembering among all the details and frustrations that their calling is to help children learn…providing them a primary need for success in life.
  • A willingness to try new things, go the extra mile, and love those that are hard to love.
  • The inability to “turn it off”.  There is no clock to punch that lets them truly disengage from worrying about the child falling behind, or figuring out how to encourage students with great potential to stretch themselves.
  • The challenge of measuring true success.  Test scores never tell the whole story and rarely do seeds planted show immediate fruit.  This remains nebulous for many outside of some much appreciated words of appreciation and notes received…sometime years later.

So my prayers today are for all of you who are educators as you head back to school.  You have a significant calling simply by your position.  And it could be a sacred calling with the right motives and determination.  In your own way, God can use you to shape and change young lives. 

I pray for these things today…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…that in this school year you will experience the fruit of God’s spirit working in you and through you. (Galatians 5:22-23)

~ by Greg Lee on August 17, 2009.

One Response to “Why I Love Teachers”

  1. i just finished reading your message and your blog which is something i dont always do but since u were not at west campus and jenny was i didnt get to talk to her but i feel since she works with my two grandchildren that i have gotten to know her better you two are a great couple i feel i can talk to you with or without her by you
    i can relate with the email i was without internet for a month and it felt strange getting back on it
    my husband made a choice to come with us this sunday and found it different with the youth group

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