Behind the Shield: The Essence of an Educator
May 8, 2017
Each year, across the country, our schools, parents, and students celebrate teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day. The concept may date back as far as imaginable, but it was not until the 1950s, under Eleanor Roosevelt’s insistence, that the official recognition first began. This year, for what is now Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 - 12), Benilde-St. Margaret's will celebrate our faculty and staff in a variety of ways.
In light of the week of recognition, several accomplished educators from BSM - faculty, coaches, and staff members - shared their insights into the magic of teaching. Here are a few comments that reveal their primary motivations, their bottom line.
“I teach to make every student's story come to life."
"We help students see pieces of themselves they may not have seen before.”
“God put me on this earth to touch minds and hearts.”
“We work to shape the trajectory of a student’s future.”
“It is really quite simple; I care about the one and the future.”
Educators pour their intellect, emotions, and resources into the development of the individual. Day after day, despite frustration, and in some cases slight despair, they push students to the point where learning and growth materializes right in front of their eyes. The look on a student’s face when they break through in a spiritual, academic, athletic, or personal manner is what drives the true educator; it is really all that matters. Larger society then takes its shape, student by student, because of the work of our teachers.
Learning and schooling is not a perfect, linear process where everything goes as planned. In fact, it can be downright difficult. However, our teachers persevere with their students to continue developing the fullest potential in each individual – in body, spirit and mind. It is good for all of us to keep this in mind and intentionally find the time in our busy lives to step back and express gratitude to all educators who have truly made a difference.
Adam Ehrmantraut, Ed.D.