“Those who educate children are more to be honored than those who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” – Aristotle
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.” – Mark 9:24 (NASB)
Teaching was the profession of the Buddha, of Confucius and of Jesus. In many cultures, both past and present, teachers are given the utmost respect and hold the esteemed positions in society. The privilege of working with other people’s children on a day-to-day basis is truly sacred. However, from the Simpson’s “Ms. Crabapple” to Ben Stein’s high school economics teacher in Ferris Buller’s Day Off, teachers in American culture fall well-short of an honored place in our society.
I adore my profession but have had to defend my career choice to everyone from my Grandmother (who was a teacher herself!) to my students (“You know Miss, you could have been more than just a teacher.”). While there are those who might question the rewards associated with teaching there are few who question the profession’s essential importance. All professions begin with teachers. As a ten-year veteran high-school teacher, I want to provide a place to celebrate the art and science of teaching. The success I have had in my own classroom has come as a direct result of the mentorship and coaching of role models -I want to contribute to the success of others as well as provide a space for collaboration and sharing for my own professional development. Welcome to The Sacred Profession