Tribute to Teachers and Mr. Paul Harvey – K. Griffin

From my opening day speech.  Thanks to Dr. Hoadley, the Dublin School Board, and all of you “in-the-trenches” making the world a better place everyday.

“My Tribute to Teachers and Mr. Paul Harvey”

 …And on the 9th day, God looked down at His paradise and caretakers and said, “To have a just world you will need to be educated.”  So God made a Teacher.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, greet the children at the door, be positive role models, be entertaining, creative, innovative, and inspirational.  Somebody willing to offer extra help, sponsor a club, attend a basketball game then eat dinner, then grade and plan for the next day well into the night.”  So God made a teacher.

He said, “I need someone who understands that education is for bettering lives, not just test scores.”  So God made a teacher.

“Teachers will need to have a sense of humor about snotty noses, soiled pants, classroom interruptions, bubble-sheet tests, eternally-changing curriculums, meeting upon meeting, crazy helicopter parents, and being asked again-and-again at the most inopportune times, ‘Can I go to the bathroom?’”

God said, “I need somebody who will have a profound impact on the world around them and be OK knowing they will never know exactly what that impact is.  Somebody who won’t make a fortune, but who will make a difference.  Somebody whose only special interest are the children sitting in front of them.”

God said, “I need somebody willing to put the needs of others’ families ahead of their own, willing spend their own money for another child’s supplies, willing to go hungry in the afternoon so someone else’s child won’t.”   So God made a teacher.

God had to have somebody to help students deal with divorce, unemployment, homelessness, hunger, loneliness, addictions, depression, sexuality, anxiety, disabilities, bullies, and language barriers and then be able to teach, and challenge, and motivate, and inspire.

God said, ”I need somebody who never dreamed their choice of profession could cost them their life but if confronted not hesitate to protect the ones they call their children.”

And so on the 9th day, God made a teacher.

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