Two months ago, I attended my son’s new job dedication. He’s working at a new Chick-Fill-A store not too far from our house. One of the things said that stood out to me was Chick-Fill-A motto which is To Serve. It jogged my memory of a book I read when I was working as a Center Director of BSA: The Serving Leader by Ken Jennings. BSA had sent me thru this training, I can’t remember the name of it, but I remember that book. There is a bible scripture in Galatians that mentions “serve one another humbly in love.” I explained to my son that life isn’t about how much you do for yourself but rather how much you do for others.
In the 10 years I have had in many different aspects of education, I have had the privilege of serving many families, adults and children. And now I will have the privilege of serving families in another country. To serve is truly rewarding even if you can’t see it. I know that I have touched several people and inspired some.
Last week I received an unexpected call from one of my former students, Jacylah. She was calling to say hi. She was one of my students for Kindergarten and First Grade. Now she is going into 4th grade. Her mother and I had a rocky start but we ended on such good terms by the end of year 2. I have to admit she was one of my favorites. I drove to her house and spent some time with them. Yesterday I took Jacylah swimming with me and to lunch. We had a good time and great conversation. Jacylah says she wants to be a doctor. I told her, she could be whatever she wants to be with hard work, practice and self-confidence. She asked me would this be the last time she would see me, because she didn’t want it to be. I told her it didn’t have to be. She touched my heart. She is the second one of my students (from two years ago) who called me this summer. My year 2 and year 3 of teaching was my favorite. I loved that class. I am going to look deep inside myself to find out what kind of teacher I was those two years, because that is the kind of teacher I want to strive to always be. The memorable one, who inspires and serves. The one that builds personal relations with her students that they will never forget, because I will never forget them. The Serving Leader type!
Have you served today? Leave a comment about how you are leaving your mark on this world because if you are not serving, what are you doing?
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Awesome! I too want to be that memorable teacher! My first year and second year teaching were awesome as well. I had a tough group my second year, even thought of going to my principal to ask to change grades because I knew the type of students I was getting. Although they were tough, they turned out to be my favorite class and some of my greatest memories came during that year. Year three, I felt was my best year professionally. I’m still reeling from year four. 😂😂😂 But I’m ready for this new journey!
It is funny how some years are amazing and others test our strength. I hope this year is amazing for you. Thanks for sharing.