You Made Me Believe In Myself When Nobody Else Did #CatholicTeachers
If you read my post on Why I chose Catholic education for my children. You would know that during my school years they were the most influential years of my life and that those said years moulded me into the person that I am today. At a young age, I was bullied quite a bit because I was the only coloured kid in a school full of Caucasians. Along with that, I was also struggling with the trauma of sexual abuse. Some days were better than others, some days I felt isolated in my feelings and other days I didn’t. In second grade I had a teacher Mrs D, I absolutely loved her I could remember wishing that she was my mom.
She was the true depiction of someone who you wanted to be like, someone you could look up to because they consistently made a huge impact on how you lived or viewed life. She was so kind and gentle with me and my classmates. Mrs D took the time with each of her little people to find out more about each of us. What we liked or disliked, what we wanted to be as we got older. As well as our different learning styles. For me, she taught me how to be empathetic, which to this day is still one of my strongest qualities. Being around Mrs D made any room she walked in beam with happiness, most times you would never know if she was sad or sick she always had a warm smile on her face. In my year of second grade, Mrs D always taught and reiterated the importance of being a good person with values. Someone that has a strong faith and loves everyone regardless of who and where they came from. I learned that helping others was the best reward anyone could receive rather than a material item.
When I was struggling in school academically she was always there to patiently guide me in a path to excelling in my work. When I needed help she took the time to dissect where my weaknesses were so that I could get the appropriate help that I needed. When I first had an interest in creative writing and public speaking Mrs D encouraged me to write more in order to deal with the trauma I had experienced growing up. I could remember her pushing me to write my feelings down and her telling me how therapeutic it would feel if I did. She was right, to this day I still keep a diary of some sort and I love writing my thoughts and dreams down.
Mrs D allowed me to be myself, she believed in me when nobody else did, it was because of her my school years were so memorable. She was the reason why I was able to go through my school years with alot more confidence because of her belief in me. If its one lasting impression that Mrs D left me with it is to show love to everyone and help those around me when they are most vulnerable. If I had the chance to see her again I would thank her for having such a huge impact on my life during the darkest time of my childhood.
Catholic teachers deliver lessons that extend beyond math, science and history. We shape the character and values of the students we teach. Simply put, Catholic teachers provide lessons for life. Because in the end, life is the test.Catholic teachers promote values that help students become engaged and contributing citizens. Graduates of our schools participate in elections, donate to charities and volunteer in their communities at very high rates.Catholic teachers make values such as fairness, compassion, respect, concern for social justice and the environment a priority in their classrooms. All of us benefit from this approach.
This post is part of the YummyMummyClub and Ontario’s Catholic Teachers #CatholicTeachers sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.