Today, I sit at the bus stop wondering about my prior students. I wonder how they are doing today. Are they married? Do they have children? Are they working? Are they happy? Were they able to reach their dreams? Are they believers? As I ponder these questions, flashes of my students faces I see. I see those students I taught during student teaching in Mrs. Sandra White’s class at Moscow Elementary School in Moscow, PA, the 5th grade students at Coolbaugh Elementary in Tobyhanna, PA, my third grade students at McDonald Elementary in Seffner Florida, the 7th grade learning support students I taught at Northern Lehigh in Slatington, PA, the 4th grade learning support students I taught at DeFranco Elementary school in Bangor, PA, and the 7th grade learning support students I taught at North Middle School in Bethlehem, PA.
I can only hope that I left a positive impact on these wonderful students. Despite a select few giving me a run for my money, overall I was blessed with wonderful students at each of the schools I taught. The challenging ones were God’s way to make me grow and stretch. Though at the time, I did not understand that. Thank you to those that helped me grow as a person.
I had the support of wonderful aides at the schools that I taught special education. They were amazing ladies who loved the students as their own. Most, had absolutely positive attitudes daily. I did not truly understand being a teacher until I became a parent. At times, I wish that I had seen my students the way God saw them. I wish I had seen them through a parent’s eyes. When you are in your early twenties and not have experienced motherhood that can be a difficult task. I did my best to show kindness to you all especially the ones who seemed pushed aside like an outcast. My students, I wish I had the opportunity to talk to you about God. That was not permitted in the public schools.
My prayer for my prior students is this: Dear Lord, watch over those that you have blessed and allowed me to teach. Keep them same from harm. Help keep them strong and healthy. Bless them with healthy, offspring. Draw them closer to you God if they stray. Help them become the men and women you have meant for them to be. Jesus, let them be a blessing to others. Most importantly, let them know you are always with them and you give them unconditional love! In Jesus name I pray! Amen!
I have faith in God that he is taking good care of my prior students and holding them when they need assistance. We serve an awesome God!