It is not always easy to answer the question: Who am I? I am a multitude of things to many people, I am a Daughter of The King, a mother and a wife. I am also a passionate teacher, avid sports lover, outdoor enthusiast and liberal thinker. I somehow do not always fit the mold of my profession and the perspectives others may have of my various labels…and I love it this way.
My “abnormalness” (for lack of a better word) began at school, when I beat the boys in most short distance running events and participated in 9 different sports over my high school years. Unusual for “a girl” certainly. But, therein lies my urge to fight the labels… who decided that “a girl” could not do all of these things. I am inspired by History as a subject, because it is by knowing where we have come from that we can best create a path for the future. History teaches us to analyse and understand the perspective of others, surely the world could do with more of this? History has the potential to create global citizens of substance and positive contributors to the currently broken and hurting world.
My other major is Physical Education, yes unusual again, I know. The quote by Kurt Vonnegut rings true here: “Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” Imagine if everyone treated their bodies this way, how different would our world and the confidence of people everywhere be?
My main aim in education is to change the life of ONE pupil, just ONE. One pupil that can openly say and confess “because of you I didn’t give up. Because of you I am a better person.” Coaching a team or a pupil is one of my greatest privileges. Coaching teenagers can be a complex, frustrating, yet highly rewarding experience. By being a coach a person is likely to impact more people in one year than the average person will in a lifetime. As an avid lover of the outdoors, it saddens me that some people have never, not for a day, slept in the bush and woken up to a sunrise. There is no place in the world that you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others than in God’s splendour. In Job 12: 7- 10 we read, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Education is a challenging and ever-changing space. As a teacher you can be a hero one minute, and a villain the next. It is a calling and gift from God to shape young lives and young hearts to create a world that is better than the one we inherited and to help create the change we wish to see in the world.
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