Advice for future teachers:
A word I have been sharing with my students lately is perseverance. We recently watched in anticipation as the Mars rover by this name successfully touched down on the Red Planet. My students have been learning remotely since last March, and that task has required great perseverance and dedication. As our district makes plans to return hybrid, this perseverance is even more important. Pressing on in the hard times and unknowns can be difficult, but it is through these tough situations that we build character and are molded and shaped into the people we are meant to be. Perseverance is an important quality for educators as well. If we expect our students to persevere in the face of the unknown, we must first model this for our students. This means pressing on through the good and the bad days, having faith that there are better days ahead and that the impact we are making is far deeper than we could ever hope for or imagine. To truly persevere, we lean into our faith and into our hope, and are not afraid to ask for help or rely on others along the way. When we trust that God is doing more than we could ever fathom, we can persevere through the best and the worst days, knowing that He works through us and is working all things for good.