Everyday Heroes

 

Everyday Heroes

Most teachers choose their profession not because they love the sterile process of imparting knowledge, but because their hearts are filled with a yearning to make a difference.

They love the idea of inspiring a child to be all that she can be. Their pulse quickens at the challenge of filling a child’s world with wonder by instilling within him a love of learning. This is not just a job. It is a calling, a passion, a mission. It is their very purpose for existing.

When the initial bell rings on that first day of school, they have no idea what stories will walk through the classroom door.

Some students will come from healthy, whole, loving families whose homes provide a safe haven for children to grow and learn and become.

Others will come from abusive environments, never hearing the words “I love you” or “I’m so proud of you” or “You can be anything you want to be.” Instead, those children’s hearts are filled with words like “You’re so stupid” and “You’ll never amount to anything”, from the very people who are supposed to love and protect and nurture them.

Some children may not even have a home, or may come to school hungry every morning, or may even be hiding the bruises and scars of physical abuse under their clothing. Many will struggle with learning disorders, emotional demons, or behavioral abnormalities.

And the one thing they all have in common is this: They all deserve a chance.

Those who are truly called to teach feel compelled to love every one of those students and to give them a glimmer of hope; to usher them – through multiplication tables and sentence construction – into a bright future filled with promise.

These angels in teachers’ clothing will come home and cry at the unfairness of some of their students’ lives. They will rejoice every time their students have a “light bulb moment”, and will never give up on helping them get there, or believing that they can. They will pull their hair out at the never-ending senseless hoops through which they must jump to satisfy legislative requirements. They will stay up late into the night grading papers and writing lesson plans, go to bed exhausted, and get up the next morning to do it all over again.

They will never be paid what they are worth, because you can’t put a price tag on hope, or promise, or rescue. They may not wear capes or brightly-colored spandex, but make no mistake. Teachers are true heroes.

(If you can read this, thank a teacher.)

Paul O'Rear Signature

 

NOTE: The video above was produced by the Waxahachie Independent School District in Waxahachie, Texas. It was shown to teachers at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and features WISD students revealing their real-life challenges which make learning more difficult.

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  • Teaching is not about the sterile process of imparting knowledge. It’s about making a difference. (Tweet that!)
  • Teachers love the idea of inspiring a child to be all that he or she can be. (Tweet that!)
  • Teachers fill a child’s world with wonder by instilling a love of learning. (Tweet that!)
  • Teaching. It’s not just a job. It is a calling, a passion, a mission. (Tweet that!)
  • Teachers have no idea what stories will walk through the classroom door on the first day of school. (Tweet that!)
  • Some children never hear the words “I love you”. (Tweet that!)
  • Some children never hear the words “I’m so proud of you”. (Tweet that!)
  • Some children never hear the words “You can be anything you want to be”. (Tweet that!)
  • The one thing that all children have in common is this: They all deserve a chance. (Tweet that!)
  • Teachers usher students into a bright future filled with hope and promise. (Tweet that!)
  • Teachers will never be paid what they are worth, because you can’t put a price tag on hope. (Tweet that!)
  • They may not wear capes or brightly-colored spandex, but make no mistake. Teachers are true heroes. (Tweet that!)
  • If you can read this, thank a teacher. (Tweet that!)
  • To teach is to touch a life forever. (Tweet that!)

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