Today I begin my 19th year as somebody’s teacher/professor.
Nineteen years of convincing someone that what he or she is doing is just temporary and that anything can be done short term in order to achieve a long-term goal
Nineteen years of being at least one student’s first African-American teacher/professor
Nineteen years of helping people shift their thinking as they step out of the boxes in which others have placed them and sometimes shed or re-shape the boxes they’ve created for themselves
Nineteen years of building and re-building the delicate teacher-student relationship because each student is unique, no matter the institution
Nineteen years of counseling someone through the process of what it means to gain more knowledge because they didn’t realize critical thinking was an integral part of the experience
Nineteen years of reminding students that they really can do it because sometimes we all need a nudge and reminder of our strengths
Today I begin my 19th year in a profession that I pursued on purpose. Today I’ll influence someone’s future life, on purpose.