There is a profound kind of joy only teachers will ever understand. Even though we are not as “permanent” as parents in the lives of our students, there is a unique, sacred and special bond only teachers and students share.
Even today, I receive random & regular emails from former students as far back as 7 years ago. The once little girls and boys are now teenagers; some who were monks then, are still monks today (except that they are active on Facebook and Skype, and they’d even scold me if they couldn’t catch me online for a long time)! Haha :P With the miracle that is Internet, and now, #Facebook, students find it easier to find, reconnect and stay in touch with their favorite teachers. And for that, I thank God for #technology.
Teaching children seems to contain the elixir of #youth. Perhaps it’s the lifelong learning… To keep school meaningful, it has to be challenging, relevant and fun. And the daily #passion it takes to stretch creativity, #IMAGINATION, and balancing material knowledge with spiritual development among kids pretty much makes most teachers remain forever youthful even though our basic salaries can never afford us to get the so-called magical poison known as #botox. Hahaha! :P
Today, this is my source of pride, youthful glow, and happiness: My former student, David, in the middle. :)
Great kid! Outside art and academics, I introduced my students to step dance and street dancing. David was my best dancer. And like the desire of every dedicated teacher, I am proud to say, David is now so much cooler and more awesome than yours truly. Hahaha! Plus, he does #Parkour. Badass! (^o^)
If I had a son, it would have been this kid. Not only is he dauntless, kind, intelligent, funny, and good-looking, he also loves snakes! <3 Although I am not married and I am yet to achieve my #dream of becoming an awesome #mother, God has already blessed me a hundredfold with the overwhelming love I get from all my “children” :) And THAT makes me #LUCKY, and quite possibly, the richest person I know. (^_-)
~Teacher Andrea <3
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