As some of you may know, I am an educator. I have worked with students 4 to 14 years old for a couple of decades. I am certified in the State of Texas in various fields, including art, bilingual education, and gifted education. Although the public education world has become more and more arduous through out the years due to increased local, state and federal stipulations, the monetary compensation has not increased commensurately.
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Therefore, putting my girls through college hasn't been financially easy, and the viability of a comfortable retirement is still a ways off. Although occasionally discouraging, I am still hardworking and have received several awards throughout my career. Amongst them, I was Teacher of the Year a couple of times, Teacher Mentor of the Year once, and have received a couple of scholarships, which recently helped me earn my public school principal certification.
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However, the joy of working with children is the greatest motivator in my career as an educator, not the financial compensation or awards that I have received. I find my students' continuous sense of curiosity, thirst for knowledge, and innocent loving nature inspirational. In addition, I find nurturing the latter a creative and problem solving challenge that keeps me wanting to learn and grow more each day to meet my students' individual educational needs.
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In the words of my Lord, Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, found in Mark 10:14-16, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Although I cannot bring the Lord's word into my public school classroom, I know I'm doing God's will through my work with the students.
Rather you are an educator in a public, religious, or home school, may you be blessed with strength, patience, and wisdom to be a positive guiding light for the youngsters you are working with. Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment, as well as for following my blog. Peace! ¡Paz! Shalom!