Go, Emily!

I talked to my daughter Emily last evening. She is teaching in a Montessori school in Mexico City. It is her first year teaching and it is rough.

She enjoys the work–it feels like her life’s work–but it is very hard. I have never known a first-year teacher who did not feel that way. Her mother knew that experience.

Emily with a challenging student

Teachers are trained, but it is not until they get in the classroom–alone with 20-30 or more students–that they develop the mettle to manage it all and actually help students grow. Teachers, like other leaders, are called upon to be both the center of the life of the group and agents who get out of the way so that others can grow.

It is a balancing act–to be center without being the star (or at least the only star). What a good teacher works for is to assist in the creation of an entire galaxy of stars–people who are claiming their God-given potential.

I am proud of Emily. She knows why she is in the classroom, and she is unafraid of the hard work to excel in her calling.

She is changing–not her core values, but how she relates to the students–recreating herself to be what is needed for her students. She is a leader. Leaders recreate themselves to be what the people they serve need.

I like to think she learned a little of that from her old man. I know he is still changing.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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