Tuesday, August 24, 2021

What It Means to Be a Teacher

Warning: This post says nothing about running.

OK, seriously guys. Can life get any better than it's been these past few days? First of all, I felt like my body really gave me a good race on Sunday. I'm still flying high as a result. Then yesterday I began my 45th year of teaching. Teaching is a major joy-producer. Educators who love their job are some of the happiest people I know. They achieve the highest level of job satisfaction all by simply doing what they love to do. 

And why do we love the classroom so much? Teaching allows us to ignite others with our passion for learning. Teachers enjoy years of watching their students develop into life-long learners. Do you really love a subject matter like math or languages? By becoming a teacher you can enjoy a career sharing your enthusiasm with your students. Teaching is about so much more than knowledge. It's about leaving a lasting impression on others for years to come. Being an educator means going the extra mile to make sure your students can relate to you as teacher, guide, mentor, and friend. 

All this and more I experienced the past two days on campus. The joy you get when see the lights come on in a student is priceless. Not to mention the sheer beauty of the buildings and grounds. 


Teachers, we make a difference! Just think of all the teachers who shaped your life. The profession is, after all, one that offers an unparalleled opportunity to influence the ones who will lead the way in the future. Thank you, Lord, for this privilege! 

To top everything off, I sat for my official "retirement" photo today. I even had to wear a suit. My word! 


I think they will hang it in the library beside all the other former full time professors. They took a bunch of photos. I begged requested to have this one chosen for mounting. 


Once a beach bum, always a beach bum I reckon. Don't even get me started on trying to remember how to knot a tie. 

All of this info is humbly submitted in the hopes that you've also had a great start to your work week. 

Next up: My future race plans.