Thursday, August 18, 2011

Will It Be Enough?

My "office" for the next 9 weeks is a portable classroom at Mary Esther Elementary - "The Thunderbirds." Monday morning will find me on the receiving end of 15 third graders who the principal believes I can lead to a great start on the school year while the permanent teacher Ms. McClelland is on her maternity leave. I'm a long term substitute teacher.

It's an answer to prayer. Not "the" answer - but an answer.

Like so many roads life takes you down, this one is fraught with uncertainties. It should be a stepping stone to a full time position somewhere in the district. It should help me gain skills in the classroom I can get no other way. It should help New Hope begin to ease her struggling. It should help my family.

But will it be enough?

I do not know.

But I will trust my God who loves me, loves my family, loves our church. I will give everything I have to give to those I love and those I serve.


  1. Anonymous10:29 PM

    Congratulations on this assignment! This speaks well of your reputation!

    I got hired as a reading teacher at one of our local public schools, as did our friend and classmate Becky (she's actually working at the private school where I taught last year).

    Keep on trusting the Lord that this IS enough...for now. God's providence is perfect...every day.

    I will add you to my prayer list. You're going to do a GREAT job!

  2. Anonymous9:09 PM

    That's great your class only has 15 students. Pay each child attention and maintain contact with parents and admin and you will be on your road to teaching.

  3. I can and will do all of those, but thanks for reminding me. But here's the deal - I can do everything right and some kids will not get it. So I'll have to adjust what I do, and keep working until I can get through. Third grade is a huge step forward for these kids and I want to see them grow in their abilities to think and to do - setting in place ways for them to continue growing and learning. So I will give it everything I have.