WILD Teacher’s Interview Series 2

Hello, Sisters!


Welcome to the second part of our WILD Teacher’s Interview Series. As you may likely know, 5th October (Tuesday this week) was Teacher’s Day and I consider it a beautiful coincidence that we’re running a teacher’s interview series at this time.


Before we dig into today’s interview, on behalf of The WILD Community, I say “HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY” to all our wonderful teachers! God bless you abundantly and daily furnish you with His wisdom.


As we read and learn from our teachers, let’s remember to pray for grace and strength for them, especially those who teach our young ones; they have a huge role to play in moulding the leaders of tomorrow.
That being said, let’s get right into today’s enriching and enlightening interviews.

DEBBIE

INTERVIEWER:
Please introduce yourself, Sis (name, location, marital status, any other gist here, hehe).


DEBBIE:
My name is Chidiebere Udi, popularly known as Debbie. I am married to an awesome man and we have three biological children: a boy and two girls, and four adopted girls. My coffer is full indeed. I live in Asaba, Delta state, and I am an educator – a teacher, and a school administrator/proprietress.

INTERVIEWER:
Your coffer is full indeed, and you certainly have a thing for kids. Super well done!
What scripture guides you as a teacher?


DEBBIE:
I love children and especially teaching them, but the scripture that models my dealing with each child is

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

proverbs 22:6

This for me is not just discipline like most people interpret it. It reflects good role-modelling, connection, love, care, affection, selflessness, godliness, purity, morals, spiritual discipline, play, cognitive and motor skills, as well as standards. Infact, everything a child needs to be a balanced adult.

INTERVIEWER:
I agree, sis. There are many things involved in raising a child right. Role modelling is so key; we can’t preach what we don’t practice to children. It won’t be effective.
What challenges do you face as a teacher a.k.a an Apostle in the marketplace?


DEBBIE:
For me, it is basically that some children come from a place of shallow or neglectful moral and spiritual upbringing and parenting. Sometimes the parents defend and even empower the chaos of such negative impact. As a teacher, there is so much you can do but as an apostle, you keep pushing and warring even including the parents in the warfare.

INTERVIEWER:
Hmmm, so true. It’s easier for teachers to correct a child when the parents are giving the child the proper training. But if the parents who should guide the child are also misguided on morals, that’s a huge challenge. Nonetheless, like you said, interceding for the parents would go a long way.
What brings you the most joy as a teacher?


DEBBIE:
A lot, but I am particularly excited when I see an improvement on something I’ve been instilling in a child. It can be as little as being more expressive, sharing, being creative, not just an improvement in academics or a cognitive skill.

INTERVIEWER:
Growth brings joy, hope and encouragement. Such a great reward!
What are the habits or characters you see in children as a teacher that breaks your heart? What advice would you give parents regarding such habits?


DEBBIE:
The character that breaks my heart the most is selfishness. I think it is the crux of our problem as humans. If we as parents can teach our children to consider how our actions affect the next person in all we do, this world would be just like heaven where serving others is greatness. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in big and life changing situations, selflessness even in small mundane things like smiling, sharing, giving, just to encourage another person, is gold.

INTERVIEWER:
Selflessness, service, compassion, are truly virtues we all should cultivate. May God help us to be better.
Thank you so much, sis Debbie, for enlightening us. God bless and empower you more and more.

FAVOUR


INTERVIEWER: Please introduce yourself, Sis (name, location, marital status, and any other gist here, hehe).


FAVOUR: My name is Uche-Collins Favour Aghogho. I live in Portharcourt, Rivers State. I am a Deltan (Urhobo) by birth, and Abia (Igbo) by marriage. By God’s grace, I am a teacher – I teach Mathematics and Further mathematics in a private Christian secondary school in Port Harcourt.


I am also a baker; I bake all kinds of sumptuous cakes.
I am by God’s grace running my Masters program (I’m almost done with it). I am also a student in the school of the Spirit.
I am married to a lovely Prince Charming and God has blessed us with three lovely seeds (two boys and one girl) to steward for the Master.
I am a member and worker in the Redeemed Christian Church of God and a confirmed online member of Koinonia Abuja.

INTERVIEWER: Welcome once again, Sis Favour. It’s always a joy to have you. Mind telling us the scripture(s) that guide you as a teacher?


FAVOUR: That would be

“Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6 – KJV

Another scripture is

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15 –  KJV



As a teacher, I love to study, especially the word of God because I am also a Sunday school teacher in the church; I teach adults and teenagers. I just love researching to know more.
I want to see God in the children I teach. I teach my students Mathematics and Further mathematics which they see as difficult, but I want them to know that it is easy with God being with them and they themselves studying.

INTERVIEWER: Seems to me like your core ministry gift is Teaching. You teach Sunday School too? Super good! And yes, with God, even the hardest of things becomes the easiest. He is the God of wisdom.
What challenges do you face as a teacher a.k.a an Apostle in the marketplace?


FAVOUR: As a teacher, I face a lot of challenges like:
i. Being forced to participate in exam malpractice in some schools (which I rather resign or get sacked than soil my hands with such evil).
ii. Being punished for an action carried out by the learners all in the name that we are in a generation where the child can never be at fault, so the teacher bears the blame. (This I have been a victim of repeatedly).
iii. Not being motivated by the school we work with, yet having so much work load and being paid so little.

INTERVIEWER: Wow! It’s no wonder Jesus told us that we are the Light of the world and the Salt of the earth. In whatever sector we find ourselves as His children, we must shine our Light, no matter how hard or impossible the system structure may be. May God continually give you (us) wisdom to overcome and truly make a difference.
What brings you the most joy as a teacher?


FAVOUR: As a teacher, seeing the students I taught becoming great people in the future brings great joy to me and that propels me to teach even though the pay is not commensurate to the work put in.
Second, teaching is a gift God gave to me. So I derive immense joy from just talking to people, explaining things to them until they get it clearly. That’s why even if I am on a dry fast, I can still teach because, the moment I climb the pulpit, or I am with a marker, teaching flows from my spirit and I feel so energized to the extent that I can teach for four hours at a stretch and not feel it at all.

INTERVIEWER:
Teaching is truly a gift, and seeing results in the lives of those you teach is such a motivator. We thank God for the increase that our labour produces.
What are the habits or characters you see in children as a teacher that breaks your heart? What advice would you give parents regarding such habits?


FAVOUR: Ha, this one is much.
The mindset that some students have whereby they believe that their going to school is for their parents and infact, if they fail, it is me the teacher they are doing and so they refuse to learn. (Actually, they are right because the school management has made them believe that if they fail the teacher involved will be sacked, hence you’ll see them playing with their studies).


Second is the laxity towards reading that many students exhibit. In our days, you’d see students go to quite places, libraries and the likes to read, but these days, no more. Rather, the students prefer to surf through social media for hours on end and when it is exam time, their parents will pay for people to write external examinations for them. This really breaks my heart so much and I am wondering what is happening to this generation; everything can be bought with money.
You see a student telling you school is scam.

They rely on the wealth of their parents not minding how their parents struggle to get it. I don’t blame them too much though because the society has spoilt everything. Some after struggling to read, still fail the exam, and those with money just go and buy the results so they get discouraged.


My advice starts with we the parents. What mindset do you give your children or ward? When they report an event to you, do you just conclude and report the teacher to the principal to have the teacher sacked without hearing the teacher’s view? Your child may be happy because of that action but you have taken food from a family and God will hold you accountable. I know what I am saying because I have been a victim of child-parent molestation, I have been given query for what the learner was at fault for but I took the blame. This attitude makes teachers not to put their minds to teach the learners very well. Me, I’d rather get fired for telling the truth, than paint things to please any body.


So parents, apply wisdom, correct your children, teach and train them in the way of the Lord so when they are old they will not depart from it. Also, when they come to school, it will reflect in their lives.
Parents should also pray for their children. As a parent, you can literally dedicate your kids into the hands of God and pray them into what you want them to be. I do that for my own kids. When I see them displaying some attitudes I don’t like, I don’t just conclude, I go into prayers – praying them out of those attitudes and into what I want in them.
I hope by God’s grace I have been able to contribute positively to this matter. Thank you for the privilege to share. God bless you.

INTERVIEWER: So many heart breaking characters here. But with God nothing shall be impossible. The change we want starts with us, from our WILD Community, to all other parts of the world. May God help us to be better intercessors for His will to be done in the educational sector.
Thank you so much, Sis Favour, for sharing these deep issues with us. I am sure we all have learnt a thing or more from all you shared and by God’s grace, they hit the mark and wrought change where there needs to be change.

And it’s a wrap to this very enlightening and enriching interview. I believe that from hearing our WILD Teachers perspectives, we will do better as parents.
Till I come your way again with another WILD post, stay joyful and parent intentionally.

Lots of Love,
Temitope.
For The WILD Editorial Team.

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