The buses are rolling and those new backpacks won’t be crisp and clean for long now that school is back in session.
With the start of a new school year comes a combination of excitement and nerves for both students and teachers. And in many cases the exhaustion has already set in for teachers — exhaustion from burnout, discouragement and endless frustrations.
Think about the school teachers who made a difference in your life.
Also think about those who had lost their joy for teaching by the time you were in their class. How many opportunities to change the life of a child for the good did they miss? Did their lack of energy and enthusiasm for the role end up holding students back in life at some point down the road?
I’ve known several people who truly wanted to make a career out of teaching. They love kids, enjoy teaching and embrace the milestones that come with watching a child learn and grow.
But the overwhelming administrative requirements, overcrowded classrooms and the volume of difficult life issues impacting so many around them finally beat them down.
Making a difference
While the school boards and governmental leaders debate the structural and financial details of how to improve schools and teachers’ salaries, church groups and community members can continue helping in small ways such as sending notes, volunteering and donating. We all can help in a big way by praying for the teachers in the school near us by name.
It’s not hard to find out what a school district or individual school needs most. From there, follow the proper channels to help and encourage others to join the effort.
After all, teachers are molding the minds and lives of our children as much as anyone.
Shouldn’t we want teachers at their best?
—Jennifer Davis Rash