I believe each student has a spark because it is in our human nature. Each of us hungers and desires to be known, and to know more. I want my students to realize their true potential through limitless opportunities for growth, both inside and outside my classroom, so that they may become metacognitive thinkers who can advocate for themselves and others.
I come from a broken home. Rather than falling into the trap of self-pity, I chose to heed the advice of a few people of influence, including my grandmother, Mr. Borm, my older sister (Jennifer), parents of my friends, Boy Scout leaders, and coaches. My grandma (Joan) always taught me that we are to be devoted to one another in brotherly love, as we will all leave this Earth in about 100 years; there is no time to waste on trivial matters if we are to contribute to the legacy of human progress. Without her wisdom, I would not be where I am today.
I joined Boy Scouts around the time I met Mr. Borm, and this is where I met several scout leaders and parents of school friends, who all invested time in my life. They showed me they cared for me, authentically. When I was feeling overwhelmed at home, they would step in and give me the moral support I needed. I also played sports growing up, and my coaches in high school challenged me to work as a team-player. They provoked me to share my passion for excellence with others around me, despite my hesitance to be vulnerable with people I did not initially trust. These leaders and coaches instilled in me a sense of community and belonging, when I needed it most.
As a teacher, we need all of these attributes: love, devotion to others, discernment, moral support, and coaching. I feel I am blessed to have had some amazing role models step into my life, and I am glad to be able to do the same for students today, as I am now a teacher and a coach.