Today I resigned my teaching job. We are ready to start a new season with Mission Aviation Fellowship and at least for this year I will be back to homeschooling my kids. Being a public school teacher in an urban district is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done. It is challenging, frustrating and yet in many ways rewarding. My hats go off to many of my fellow teachers who have been there for many years and will be there for many more. They preservere through changes in curriculum, changes in administration and even changes in the student population. Each of them makes their own mark in big and small ways.
Personally I have mixed feelings. I am excited about being able to spend more time with my children. Yet I will miss those teenagers that have driven me crazy all year. They have tested me. Some days I failed. Some days I succeeded. Some days (more than I would like to admit) I raised my voice. Other days I rejoiced to see students excited about learning. God called me to those teenagers for those two years. I don't know if I accomplished what God had for me to do but I know I will never be the same. It was a mission field in and of itself.
Dear God, Thank you for all those teachers who work year after year giving a part of themselves and you to the students that they teach. Give them patience and endurance in the task. Most of all give them rest this summer as they are renewed for the next year. Amen