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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: We are students and Teacherís
By Deborah Shepard


When I think back to my Elementary school days, there were some teacherís, which made an impact on my life today. The Buckley sisters there three of them all dedicated their lives to be wonderful teachers. They taught in a firm and compassionate manner, which made students enjoy coming to class. All three sisters were magnificent role models for the children. We all loved like they were our family members, they all retired late in their lives. All three sisters were greatly appreciated by our community.

I always admired there consistent, act of being morale in their life values, also their overflowing love. For teaching young developing minds. We had many teacherís who were from the old school, if you acted out the ruler across the hand, was very painful. Be I quests some teacherís believed this to be an affective way, to control anyone out of line. A lot of teacherís, were very stern in their teachings, if a person was tardy, frequently you know dentention,was coming and a talk with your parents. Through these diverse methods of teaching, we needed to have the experience of both type of teacherís.

I would like to share with all of you, about my six grade teacher,her name was Mrs. Witnah. She had the experience of teaching me and my two older brotherís. She really was a wonderful teacher, she never overlooked a student who my be having difficulty in class subjects,or maybe there were upsets at home,affecting a students grades. This was the case with me, my was killed in an autmobile accident. I was struggling with my studies,and being very withdrawn, she took notice and talk with me after school.

She took this special time to ask me what was wrong, as I told her the loss of my father,has affected me greatly and I canít concentrate at this time. She talked with my mother and discussed this issue in length. My teacher was so compassionate,she would work with me after school to bring my grades up. There wereínt many teacherís who would take time like this to help a student. I thought if ever wanted be a teacher, I would like to like Mrs. Witnah, and the Buckley sisterís. Among all the teacherís, I have held high in my life, this one will always have a lasting impression on me as well. This is the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Through all these lifeís lessons, these instructions of these great teacherís, have shaped and molded my life. This is how I perceive we can all be students, and we can have the ability to teachers too. By the way we conduct our daily lives, with the obedience of being a teachable student. The lessons from our great teacherís. Which have provided us with tools, which we can use, to become affective teacherís of a spirtual life, to teach us how to properly share our lifeís experiences with others. What an awesome opportunity we have within our daily reach.

So if we all look at this aspect of being students, and teacherís in our daily walk in life. Maybe we will be come more mindful, of our conduct and actions we display in our spiritual walk with the Lord. Who knows how much lifeís we may be affecting, with this thought in mind, this brings, me to the point of accountability. Is so easy to say well I have them at home so many hours. Now itís to the school to do the rest of directing and discipline of our children.

My dear and close friend, and I were discussing this very topic, recalling our experiences of the teachers we had, and what was left lasting imprints on our minds. There were the compassionate, and creative instructive teacherís, which gave us guidance and sound direction. The oneís which gave us good feedback, on all of our progress, and life potential. We discussed the oneís who were heavy-handed, and highly critical of their students, if they werenít meeting their expectations.

We concluded the benefits of both teaching styles, also they way in Jesus Christ, put forth his teachings, in a firm but compassionate contexts. Our final thought was what a blessing, it would be if more teacherís would use Jesus Christís, mastery of devine teaching, with all our upcoming students in this generation and the one to follow. We can plant the seed of hope; all students will explore their capabilities, of becoming valued teachers in society.

Deborah A Shepard

Member Comments
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Mary Elder-Criss07/19/04
Deborah, Your story had many valid points, and I agree with them, yet your grammatical errors (teachers for the most part, not teacher's) and spelling mistakes detracted from your message. Maybe you could have a friend proofread for you before posting. WIshing you many blessings! Mary
Marcell Billinghurst07/19/04
A lovely tribute to your teachers. Some excellent points made. With some careful editing,this has great potential. A good effort. Keep writing.
L.M. Lee07/21/04
we desperately need to add hope to people around us...it is so lacking.
Carol Shaffron07/24/04
I want to thank you for sharing your story. It deeply touched my heart and no, you do not find teachers like this often. I applaud your courage in sharing and thank you for the gift of you in your story. I pray God richly, abundantly bless you.
Karen Treharne07/24/04
What a blessing good teachers can make, Deborah. So true. And you are a blessing for sharing your heart and expressing your faith. Our Lord is honored by your tribute.