May God bless all the teachers and educators this new year

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 10, 2013

Regardless of the calendar or tradition or anyone else’s viewpoint, my New Year begins with the first day of school, rather than Jan. 1. As a former student, then a teacher and now the mother of a couple of college students, I put much more preparation into the beginning of school than the beginning of a new calendar year. Now I have the privilege of watching my future daughter-in-law do the same as she diligently works to ready herself, and her classroom, for the little lives who will share hers this school year.
I believe one of the most important things we can do for our children’s academic success is to pray for their teachers. These educators, the people whom God has selected to be in my children’s lives, receive my support and daily prayer.
Though I haven’t taught in a while, I still remember the energy required for the job, the many hours spent outside of the classroom preparing lessons and the constant personal goal of treating the children as though they were my own. Teaching is demanding and exhausting but so rewarding. My heart’s cry is for all teachers, not just the ones who have daily contact with my children, to be refreshed and ready for the challenges of their profession.
May the people who are impacting and training our next generation look to Jesus, the greatest Teacher, for the patience and wisdom to successfully impart knowledge and allow lasting learning to take place. And may they realize their classes are made up of beautifully unique individuals who are dependent upon them for instruction, understanding and direction. Educational consultant Larry Bell’s advice to teachers sums it up perfectly, “On your worst day, you are some child’s greatest hope.”
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