I would like to give thanks to the following students who taught me in return.
1)Carmen Michelle Marshall- Let's start with you. That's right, I did. :) You were my first lesson in teaching. I had my lesson all prepared. But, you were the youngest and when I began teaching the story, you listened for 15 seconds. Then you politely walked away to something else. I had used up all your patience and that was a shock to me. I learned quickly that it took more than a prepared lesson to actually teach. I had to earn your attention. That was valuable. I learned to build a boat and get you inside it to tell the story of Noah. I learned to involve you in the stories. Even though older children are more sophisticated at the appearance of listening, and may not walk away, I learned that I had not really taught if you did not learn. Thanks for the on the job training in how to make a lesson worth your while.
2)Angela Mong Yeats- Angela, from you I learned to love my students. You were such a
sweetheart and I realized with you that many children will learn better if they feel like you love them. You were my first lesson in emotional investment in a child. Thanks for investing in me.
3)Serena Godoy (Yodog)- You taught me about family Serena. You were all about your younger brother and sisters. I learned that if they were taken care of, you were "good to go." You have the heart of a Mother. Thanks for teaching me Miss. Serenity! I hope you
find your treasure in the house of the King.
4)Ralph Angel Silvera- Wow what a singing voice! My favorite is "Shackles," the Mary Mary routine. I do wish I could see you and your little brother do that just one more time. I would love to see it if you have it recorded anywhere. You have such a spirit of respect and a beautiful smile. I am so glad you taught me about friendliness. That is a prize ingredient in any life. Thanks Ralph!
5)Deanna Clark- You were already a mature young lady by the time I taught you Deanna. Or maybe you were always grown. Either way, I never heard you say an unkind word. Thanks for being sweet and for being fun to travel with. You worked so hard in Quizzing.
6)William Birkett- You were a wonderful child to know. It was probably more difficult for you doing pencil and paper work because you were an active person, and loved the hands on experiments. But, what I remember most is the poem you wrote me. I remember too that you published another poem over at the Middle School. I hope that you have continued to write William. I feel like I "discovered" you. Lucky me!
7)Belen- You were an awesome student Belen. Thanks for being always willing to help, ready to volunteer for anything, and inquisitive in every subject. I never had to work for your attention. You were such a delight to teach that I felt like I was stealing my paycheck. I would gladly have a million more students like you 100 at a time!
8)Diana- I have your picture here on a shelf. You were an angel and a pleasure to teach. You were an ace in Math and could do anything well. You taught me that I had many
able bodied assistants who were capable of carrying out whatever I needed done.
Thanks for all your hardwork.
9)Larry- I never did that experiment again because you will forever be etched in my mind from that one time. LOL. I still have the video though. And, I still laugh so hard I cry when I watch it. You taught me that children would do anything for the sake of Science.
:) I didn't realize that you were so scared about volunteering because you looked so brave. I only realized afterwards that it was a courageous front. You taught me that the toughest looking guys were really big teddybears. Thanks for being brave enough to step forward to try what you thought was dangerous. I loved all the fun we had that year. You were a big part of the fun.
10)Stacy Newton- I thank the good Lord for giving me you. You stole my heart. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your life. You showed me the power of love. You taught me the indestructableness of the human spirit. Maybe our paths will cross again one day Stacy. You are my hero.
What could I say more. I could speak of Estrella, Phi, Tam, Darletha, Andre, Keenen, Gina, Khadijatu, and Diamond. But, many are the steps I have taken down the one path of being a student of children. You are my heritage because everything that I have, you gave. I invested my time in you and I have reaped the dividends in memories and treasure. May God bless each of you in your pursuits in this life and tenfold in the next.