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Friday, March 15, 2013
Living the DREAM
When I was a teenager I often wondered why ANYONE would want to be a teacher. During many events in my post high school career I reflected on who had the most impact on my life outside of my family. It always turned to a group of people and included in this group was my teachers who made me feel special.
My last duty station/ assignment in the NAVY was as a instructor at NATTC Pensacola Florida, I realized then how much responsibility a teacher/ instructor holds daily. My legacy was to mold the future military members and to influence the future.That was the moment I fell in love with teaching.
On Friday my first grade teacher was visiting the high school, she is now retired from teaching but still stays involved with students. I stopped and talked to her for a minute, it didn't take long for us to be surrounded by her former students. As I listened to the stories and people sharing memories I realized that individually I was not special to her, but that I joined a group that was very special to her, her students. When I retired from the NAVY she saw me in town and told me I needed to become a teacher, I told her my dream was to teach CTAE and specifically Transportation (automotive) I did not want to let her down but I knew I would be retired again before the automotive teacher left. Within two years the automotive teacher became very ill and retired.The rest is history.
Tonight when I went to Ingle's I was stopped by several former students and a former student's Mom, each one wanted to share with me what was going on in their life. Somehow they felt accountable to me, I don't really understand that,but it is very humbling.
I am still amazed at how much impact that my teachers had on me and will never forget how we mold the future daily.