Hello WILD Sisters!
We are back from the short break. #Drumroll
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Today, we bring you the first of our WILD Teachers Series!
I believe we all know that teachers have so much influence and impact over us. This can be seen from our experiences growing up or even seeing the changes in our own kids as they pass through different classes and are influenced by their teachers.
In this WILD Teacher series, we will be interviewing WILD Sisters who are teachers and learn more about their motivation and how they represent Jesus in the classroom.
First on our list is… Wait for it.
She is absolutely in love with her profession, just peep her T-shirt, hahaha.
Sit back, relax and enjoy our conversation!
INTERVIEWER: Hello WILD Sister, please introduce yourself
A. My name is Elizabeth Simon and I reside in Lagos state. I’m happily married to the best man for me and we are blessed with a unique boy.
INTERVIEWER: It is so lovely to meet you Elizabeth! What scripture guides you as a teacher?
A. The first anchor scripture that guides me as an employee is Colossians 3:23-24 which says:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord you are serving.”Colossians 3:23-24
This scripture always keeps me in check to do the right thing and also to give my very best irrespective of whether my boss is watching me or not.
Proverbs 22:6 is another scripture that guides me as a teacher:
“Start children off in the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it”.Proverbs 22:6
This scripture is so dear to me. I remember when I was being interviewed for my current job, it was one of the things I mentioned, not as a show off but because I truly believe in it. It’s such a powerful guide for parents and teachers. And the best time to start is at a very young age because that’s one of the crucial stages of behavioral development for a child.
INTERVIEWER: Wow, so many lessons from your response! We are truly working for the Lord and not just for our bosses. That definitely gives us the right perspective.
Being involved in the development of children must be so rewarding. But I’m sure there are some challenges, too. So tell us, what challenges do you face as a teacher a.k.a Apostle in the marketplace?
A. Lol… there are lots of challenges but I’ll talk about the two that stand out for me. One, the beginning of a session and two,the end of a session. The beginning is when a new set of children resume in my class. So, I am starting afresh, getting to know and understand each child with his or her peculiarpersonality and also trying to manage all these personalities at the same time. I teach children between the ages of 2 and 5;you can imagine having about 15 of them in a space and managing them. It is always very tough at the beginning but we survive and thrive such that by the end of the session, it becomes another hard challenge to say goodbye.
The end of session is hard for me because different emotions are at play at this time: I have bonded well with the children, watched them grow and blossom beautifully and I have also been privileged to be a part of their journey. One would think that I’d be used to saying the goodbyes and all but it’s never easy.
INTERVIEWER: Aww, thank you for taking us through that journey from the beginning of the school session to the end of the session, it definitely got me emotional. But like I mentioned earlier, I believe it’s also a rewarding process. What brings you the most joy as a teacher?
A. The best part of me being a teacher is seeing a child blossom under my tutelage. The efforts a teacher puts in daily can’t be measured or seen daily; it’s something that accumulates over time. It is just like a farmer who plants a seed making sure it’s on the right soil and also gets the right amount of water and nutrients with the goal of having a healthy harvest.
For me, knowing how the child started and how much they have achieved… it makes me so proud of the child. I tell you, it’s one of the best feelings in the world to see your student excel.
INTERVIEWER: Amazing! That is so true, your student’s success is your success too! Next, can you tell us, 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?
A. Hmmm… that would be lack of confidence in children. It breaks my heart when I see a child with lots of potential become withdrawn or unmotivated to learn. How a child perceives him/herself goes a long way in their learning. It starts by saying the wrong things intentionally or otherwise and this can cause them to never reach their full potential.
Parents need to be more aware of how they speak to their children. The development of personalities, beliefs and behaviors occur in childhood and it is very important for parents to take intentional steps to bring up their kids to believe in themselves and also grow with a positive mindset.
INTERVIEWER: So true, words are like eggs, they should be treated carefully. Thank you so much for granting us this interview Elizabeth; I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did. I also hope you picked one or more lessons from it? Please share with us in the comments.
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Till we serve you the next blogpost, stay warring!
Lots of love,
Titi, for the WILD Editorial team.