We all remember our teachers, and I am sure we have stories to share. I remember gathering around my grade 1 teacher as she sat on her desk and played her guitar, leading us in our morning singing and devotions.
My grade 4 teacher taught us about Africa, and I still haven’t forgotten the countries and capital cities of Northern Africa, which we practiced over and over, her pointer tapping the countries on the map hanging at the front of the room. In grade 8, my teacher introduced us to the poetry of Robert Frost, and as my grade 8 students can attest, I can still recite poems that I memorized in that class. My grade 9 band teacher contributed greatly to my love for music and teaching band. My grade 11 English teacher introduced me to some fantastic literature and encouraged the development of my creative writing.
Each of us has been influenced by our teachers, and whether our memories are good, or a combination of good or bad, we can’t deny the impact they have had on our lives.
Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege and honour of working with many gifted and inspiring teachers, each one bearing God’s image and having a desire to awaken curiosity, nurture faith, and inspire their students to reflect Jesus everywhere. Here at Trinity, our teachers love coming to work to spend their days teaching and learning with their students (yes, we do learn from our students). They have a desire to continue to develop professionally and to try new things. We have seen evidence of this during the last year when teachers took on the challenge of teaching remotely, while still finding ways to build community and connect with each one of their students.
This morning at our chapel we were blessed by messages of love and support from our students, and we are grateful. We are grateful for Trinity, for our students, parents, and the greater support community. This has been a challenging year, but God knew from the beginning what we all needed, and He gave us our theme verse, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Cor. 16:13-14). We’ve certainly had to stand strong this year, and put our complete trust and faith in God. Each one of us, teachers, staff, students, and parents had to be courageous. Most importantly, we do all these things with love, because love binds us together in perfect harmony (Col. 3:14).
May God continue to bless each one of you.