Saturday, July 7, 2012

Heart to Heart

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Follow The Famous Yellow Road

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Follow The Famous Yellow Road

What does being a teacher mean to me? At first, I really didn't want to be a teacher. I wanted to be a Spanish interpreter, and then I wanted to become a youth minister. I felt God was calling me to work with teens, so I attended a local Baptist university and started all the necessary classes. I was excited at first, then after a few outings with the teens from my church, I decided youth ministry wasn't my calling. Don't get me wrong - I had a blast hanging out with the teens from our church and we developed really strong friendships, but that's as far as it went. I wasn't prepared to help teens deal with teen issues, and I realized my calling was to work with younger children, only not in the church setting. I noticed there was a bigger mission field available to me, and that was the public school system. 

After student teaching and graduation, there was a hiring freeze in many of the school districts in my area (lovely budget issues!), so I tried several different jobs thinking I was misguided in my thinking and calling. I worked for America Online for 4 years and was going to make that my career until I was a part of a huge lay off. I worked in a travel agency's call center, I worked for a credit card company, and while the money was great, I was miserable because I hated those jobs. I made one big circle in this journey of life, and I ended up right back where I started... the public school! I may not be rich, but I've found the most rewarding job ever -- teaching!

While my faith plays a big role in my decision to become a teacher, I realize I cannot share my faith directly with my students, but my faith is shared through being a positive, male role model to those that may not have one. I lost my father when I was in fourth grade and unfortunately, didn't have a good male role model in my life. I want my students to have what I didn't have - a guy who will challenge, push them because he cares about them and their future. 

Thanks for reading and make sure you head over to TBA and Journey of a Substitute Teacher to link up!!