I AM A TEACHER

I am a teacher.
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I was born the first moment that a question leaped from the mouth of a child.

I have been with many people in many places.
I am Socrates exciting the youth of Athens to discover new ideas through the use of questions.
I am Anne Sullivan tapping out the secrets of the universe in the outstretched hands of Helen Keller.
I am Aesop and Hans Christian Anderson revealing the truth through countless stories.
I am Marva Collins fighting for every child’s right to an edu­cation.
I am Mary Mclead Bethune building a great college for my people using orange crates for desks.
And I am Bel Kaufman struggling to go up and down the stair­case.

The names of those who have practiced my profession ring like a hall of fame for humanity . …… Booker T. Washington, Buddha, Confucius, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leo Buscaglia, Moses, and Jesus.
I am also those whose names and faces have long been forgotten but those whose lessons and character will always be remembered in the accomplishments of their students.

I have wept for joy at the weddings of former students, laughed with glee at the birth of their children and stood with head bowed in grief and confusion by graves dug too soon for bodies far too young.
Throughout the course of the day, I have been called to be an actor, friend, nurse, and doctor, coach, finder of lost articles, money lender, taxi driver, psychologists, substitute parent, salesman, politician, and a keeper of faith.

Despite the maps, charts, formulas, verbs, stories, and books, I have really had nothing to teach for my students really have only themselves to learn and I know that it takes the whole world to tell who you are.

I am a paradox. I speak loudest when I listen the most. My greatest gifts are in what I am willing to appreciatively received from my students.

Material wealth is not one of my goals, but I am a full time treasure seeker in my quest for new opportunities for my students to use their talents and in my constant search for those talents sometimes lie buried in self-defeat.

I am the most fortunate of all who labor.

A Doctor is allowed to usher life into the world in one magic moment. I am allowed to see that life reborn each day with new questions, ideas, and friendships.
An Architect knows that if he builds with care, his structure may stand for centuries. A teacher knows that if he builds with love and truth, what he builds will last forever.

I am a warrior, daily doing battle against peer pressure, nega­tively, fear, conformity, prejudice, ignorance, and apathy. But I have great allies; Intelligence, Curiosity, Parental Support, Individuality, Creativity, Faith, Love, and Laugh­ter all rush to my banner with indomitable support.

And who do I have to thank for this wonderful life I am so for­tunate to experience, but you the public, the parents. For you have done me the great honor to entrust to me your greatest contribution to eternity, your children.

And so I have a past that is rich in memories. I have a present that is challenging, adventurous, and fun because I am allowed to spend my days with the future.
I AM A TEACHER — and I thank GOD for it everyday……

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About atomickaleidoscope

A succinct and eclectic Electronics Engineer by profession although I preferred to teach as a passion. In this journey called life all i can say is : C'EST LA VIE ! CHEERS!
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