My life in public schools as a student, teacher, parent, and consultant has lead me into a love affair with teachers. I adore them all; the ones who are excellent, the ones who want to be excellent, the brand-new ones, the burned out ones….
From this love affair with teachers, my life’s mission has been born! It is to fill every classroom with a teacher who has been empowered to love her own life. These empowered teachers teach from a place of abundance- from a cup that overflows, they are not women who start their days with empty cups!
Why is this important? Because every day these women, full cups or empty, influence our children- our most precious citizens.
I believe parents want their child to spend his or her day with a teacher that exudes a passion for learning, radiates a zest for life, and models a desire to help those in need. These are the core-qualities of teachers who are empowered to love their lives. These women take care of themselves FIRST, and DON’T feel guilty about it. They recognize that “life” can’t be put on hold until their own children are grown. Friendships are important NOW! Hobbies are important NOW! Life is to be enjoyed NOW! These are things that “fill the cup” of the empowered teacher.
Sadly, very few of my colleagues are experiencing this “full-cup, overflowing” brand of living. Too often, I hear tales of frustration, exhaustion, skepticism, and uncertainty. I hear echoes of worry about not authentically meeting children’s needs, about many hours spent away from families, and about time spent working in the late night after their own children are asleep. I hear apprehension regarding district mandated programs being implemented with little, or no, teacher input.
This sad part of the reality is only half of the reason I am so committed to empowering teachers to love their lives. The other half is that, on the whole, the teachers I know and continue to meet, desperately want to authentically educate children. They want their classes to succeed. They want to be known as teachers who really make a difference. This is why I love them!
Now imagine, if we empowered teachers to love their lives, our world would change. The support community we now have to search for would be built right into the fabric of our society because all of our children would spend their school days with women who model a passion for learning, zest for life, goodwill toward others, support for friends, and compassion for self, family, and neighbor. All human interactions would change- can you feel the energy?
Just the thought of giving this gift to the world, one teacher at a time, makes me more committed to daily living my mission. Is it morning yet?