Wednesday, July 17, 2013

But Nothing Will Ever Change If You Don't Change It Yourself!

Last school year, my seven year old son began a career in home school. He woke every morning as I prepared for my work day. Before I left, each day, his school day had already begun.

I watched in awe as his knowledge of science, math, reading, history, and grammar blossomed. Today, he reads at an advanced level and he is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic student of history.

He has an innate curiosity, which when coupled with Tara's teaching ability produce a sensitive, brilliant and inquisitive lover of life.

I just finished watching the video below, and it reminded me of Tara. She was previously a reading coach at a local elementary school and from my perspective, she is one of the best. She is passionately interested in learning to teach ever more effectively. She spent hours researching methods of teaching and she was constantly inquiring about how she might help one of her students to master a particularly challenging skill they would need in life.

She brought her work home every day and she pursued it with zeal.

I watched as my wife invested hers passion and energy into being the best possible reading coach she could be. Her position paid less than fifteen thousand dollars a year, but she spent hours researching her topics and her eyes shone like bright stars when she shared about even the slightest success. This past year, she has been a part time tutor and a full time home school teacher.

I've seen the same passion burn within her that fed those students two years ago. Today it nourishes our little son and her tutoring clients. This evening, as I watched the video below, it brought two tears to my eye. First for the kid, Sammy, whose life has been changed for the better, and second for my wife and all the other underpaid, unappreciated and sometimes vilified teachers who show up every day and give their all to the next generation.

To Tara, I know that half of teaching is the ability to transmit information to a student, but the other, more important half is the ability to help a person become an enthusiastic student, and that is where you really shine. Your love of learning and your enthusiasm are infectious. Your students can't help but to learn when in your presence. They find themselves caught up in the loving embrace of your curiosity and they develop their own excitement for discovering the new and the previously unknown.

Though you lack certification, you are the best kind of teacher and the world is better for your being here. Your commitment to people's transformation and progress is inspiring. You are a carrier of light and wisdom, illuminating the dark places in life and we are all blessed to have you.

In Love and Awe,
Your Husband -- Mike


  1. WOW! I love this video. Just the way his face lights up as he reads. Reading opens us up to so many new worlds and possibilities, it is wonderful to see! And you tribute to Tara (who is my cyber-friend!) is just beautiful. It is easy to see that you two are a team, supporting and uplifting each other. Exactly as it should be! :)
    Great post, I think I may have to follow you and read more!

    1. Thanks Tamara! I really appreciate your comments and your enthusiasm. :)

  2. It's too bad we can't ensure that those with a certification have the same love of teaching and enthusiasm that Tara has. We need more teachers like that.

    1. I think many of them have their own version of that passion and enthusiasm, but the job is difficult and it is a job that probably tends to burn folks out. I am an IT technician and it almost never happens that someone tells me how they think I could do my job better. They grant to me that I am an expert in my field.

      This is not so with teachers and I think it is really hard to have a job where every citizen and politician thinks that they know how to do your job. I don't know, it is a difficult situation and sadly there doesn't seem to be much offered in the way of solution.

  3. This is a beautiful tribute to your wife and to all of our passionate teachers, IAs, tutors, coaches, etc. who are so passionate about helping children learn and be passionate about learning. Thank you for sharing this!!!!

  4. many times did I use te word passionate?

    1. I thought I had replied to you earlier and somehow I missed it. Thanks Heather for your very kind words and for taking the time to stop and read here!


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