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Why Do We Teach?

Well, here we are in the middle of March.  This is the time of year that I’m thankful for March Madness and other end of the winter events that can distract us from the cold weather and cabin fever. Speaking of being thankful, I had a conversation with a parent the other day that was experiencing a difficult time with employment issues and making ends meet for the family.  That conversation caused me to think that, you know, we have much to be thankful for here at the school. 


  • On a cold day like today, I’m thankful for inside work.
  • I’m thankful to work in  a modern, updated facility with tremendous amenities.
  • I’m thankful to heave a steady paycheck.
  • I’m thankful for health insurance.
  • I’m thankful to be in a vibrant, growing community that values and supports education.
  • I’m thankful that while there may be things (newer books, newer computers, newer vehicles)  I’d like to see us get here, we’ve got everything we need to be successful.
  • I’m thankful that parents trust us to teach and work with their kids.  I have to remember sometimes that the reason we get to work here is for the kids and their education, NOT to give me a job.
  • I’m thankful for the good people who work here. 125 adults who do their best to make it work and make it about the kids. To believe we’ll all get along and agree every day all the time – that’s not reality.  But I do believe we’re all here for what’s best for the kids.  At least we better be! 
 Finally, I’m thankful for the kids. Yes, they can be challenging, but they also can be wonderfully inspiring!  I saw a video clip that was shown prior to the college national basketball championship game a few years ago.  In this video, the narrator spoke of how in the game of basketball, the percentages of most statistics (FG and 3pt percentages) are usually less than 50%. His point was: why play a game where there’s less than a 50/50 chance to succeed? Why play a game where more than 50% of the time we fail? Why sign up for such frustration?

His answer (accompanied by awe inspiring highlight clips) was this: It’s for that chance to make that great pass, that great steal, make that unbelievable shot, or make that free throw with no time on the clock.  It’s the chance for greatness, it’s the chance to be inspiring! That’s why we play the game. That should be why we teach!