I love teaching. I thoroughly enjoy helping people learn. A deep passion of my heart is to help people meet their goals and change.
I had the wonderful opportunity of teaching music to K-8 students for 37 years. There always was a deep sense of joy and excitement when my students reached their goals and performed in their winter or spring concerts. They could play their instruments or sing much better than at the beginning of the year. They gained a feeling of pride and accomplishment. They felt a sense of fulfillment as they reached a new level of success.
One of my greatest God given honors was to nurture and teach my children at home. God brought children to my family who were not able to live with their parents or caretakers for a period of time. There were emotional, behavioral and social problems that needed to be addressed. Teaching these children to work through their difficulties was exciting and challenging. My greatest joy came when a child realized a need, wanted to change and allowed God to bring transformation to his or her life and soul.
Not every student is an eager or willing learner. Each student works at an individual pace. Challenging a person to learn can be a hard task because of the diversity of personal issues.
My job as a teacher is not only to fill each mind with subject matter, but to equip the student to be ready for the next stage or step of life. Finding the best method to teach a lesson while being interested in the individual’s academic and personal needs is always a challenge. I am thankful that the Lord always helps me to do my best to facilitate positive learning experiences.
I see teaching as an opportunity to plant seeds. Some seeds do not take root immediately. They need special care, water, sunlight and fertilizer. A student needs individualized attention, a sensitive teacher and the right method to enable the proper learning to take place. By planting seeds, one at a time, in a caring, disciplined environment, a teacher can reach tremendous goals.
God told me a few years ago to multiply myself. Teach others what I do. Share my gifts and abilities with others so that they can grow and have success. I am grateful for the gift of teaching and for God’s calling in my life.
Promise: And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Titus 2:7-8a NLT
Partnering with God: Are you a learner? Do you have a teachable spirit?
Are you a teacher? Do you have the gift of teaching? Are you multiplying yourself and teaching others? Never stop learning. Keep growing in the knowledge of God. Be a teacher in word and example.
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Partnering with God,