Welcome to what I plan to make a seven part series of blog posts about those people have made this year possible. Some African proverb says something like “It takes a village to teach a child,” and I say, “It takes an army to keep a fifth grade teacher alive.”
Last semester I was up to my elbows in grading every weekend. There was a never-ending pile of papers by my computers, and I was S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D. My sister volunteered hours of grading every week to help me stay sane, but I was still felt like my work load was growing weekly. I could not get ahead. So I asked my principal for help.
And man! did she provide. I now have two TA’s. Two wonderful junior students who give a few hours of each week to be bossed around by me. Between their help and my finally becoming wise to the fact that my students can correct their own math papers and help with other correcting I left a reasonably small pile of papers next to the computer when I left school tonight. Thanks to them, life is livable.
They make my room look wonderful.
They have done devotions with my students.
They are gracious to me when I am stressed or unprepared for them.
And most of all, they heard of my need and were willing to help.
Thanks, Rachel and Nick. God shows his faithfulness through you.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.