It has just donned on me that I am a teacher. I think the fact that my job as a homeschool teacher doesn't require a degree led me to discount my work. Then it hit me - I don't have a teaching certificate, but I have students. I have people under my influence.
I hope and pray that I am more than just an educator imparting information onto young brains... In the ways that Mr. Morris, Mr. Lane, Mrs. Allen, Ms. Crispino and Mr. Custer were teachers - I pray that I am that kind of teacher. The kind who shares more than knowledge. The kind who writes permanently on the pages of a young person's life. The kind who sees the whole person - the heart, the potential, the needs. The kind who feeds. The kind who encourages and nurtures.
This job - my job - comes with tremendous responsibility. And it's a tremendous honor. How on earth was I chosen to be among the ranks of those wonderful teachers who've gone before me? I pray that I am able to do for my students what they did for me.