Friday, January 11, 2013

Mama Always Said I Should Be A Teacher

When I was growing up, Mama always said I should be a teacher. However, I didn't think teaching was for me because I wanted to make a lot of money (and we know teachers don't make a lot of money). So when it came time for college I enrolled in the business program and found an office administration job. It took a few years before I would finally admit that maybe Mama was right and I should be a teacher.

All these years later I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both with a major in Management. I also hold a Texas Teaching Certification in Secondary Composite Business. I've taught everything from middle school technology classes to university level business courses, from Children's Church to the Young-at-Heart (elderly) Sunday School. I've integrated curriculum for 8th grade Careers and Technology courses. I've written and taught a Bible study on the books of I, II & III John. I've lead teacher training sessions and Biblical financial courses. (This list could go on and on, but y'all get the picture.)

We are barely into the new year and I am busy putting those teaching skills to work in several areas:

(1) I will be teaching this spring semester at a local private Christian school. Yes, you read that right. . . I got a job! It all happened so fast that I can hardly believe it myself, but Monday morning bright and early I'll be standing in front of a class of 8th graders teaching Basic Computer Applications. I'll teach three classes, then later in the day I'll teach a high school class on Personal Finance. It's been a busy week here as I've prepared syllabi and lesson plans.

Big Picture Classes
(2) Once again I'll be coaching in Stacy Julian's Finding Photo Freedom workshop that starts on February 7 at Big Picture Classes. This 10-week class walks participants step-by-step through the process of setting up a Library of Memories system (photo organization, digital workflow, inspirational scrapbooking). As one of the coaches, I answer questions on the message boards, contribute to an classroom blog, and share how my system helps me stay organized and scrap when inspired.

(3) Y'all might remember the ladies' retreat that I wrote and presented back in the fall. Well, another local church has asked me to be the guest speaker at their ladies' retreat, presenting those same materials. So, in a couple of weeks, I'll be presenting that material at a one-day retreat. I am so excited (and humbled) at how God is using me to bring this message to ladies in our community. The retreat focuses on the fact that God calls us all to serve with sessions on how God calls us, how He equips us for that calling, what our spiritual gifts are, and whether or not we are willing to answer His call.

(4) And, of course, I continue to monitor the Library of Memories Community classroom, answering questions and sharing ideas with others who use the Library of Memories system.

As you can see from this list, my schedule will be pretty busy for awhile, particularly as I adjust to working outside the home three days a week. However, I am excited about all these opportunities to use my teaching skills in such a variety of ways! Mama was definitely right - I love being a teacher!

18 comments:

Ellyn said...

You're so awesome! & I'm so lucky to call you my friend. Proud of all the ways God is using you.

CherylM said...

I'm so happy for you Melissa! God certainly is opening doors for you. Yay you!

Cheri said...

That is a lot happening all at once. Good luck and have fun!

Rebekah said...

Wow, congratulations. Sounds busy, but fun and rewarding! I still haven't registered for the class yet. Want to, but want to see what they come up with for alumni first!!

Jane said...

congratulations on the new job.

furrypig said...

I would love to have you as my teacher as you are always smiling and I bet you fill a room with happiness! Congratulations on the new job xxx

Missus Wookie said...

Oh congratulations on the new job - yep you are definitely going to be busy.

Business Administration and Management? Plus teaching? Wish we were a wee bit closer 'cause that's my pairing too. Good luck with the one day retreat - hope you can touch lives.

Alison said...

Congratulations on the new job Melissa..you are certainly going to be busy!
Alison xx

Lorraine said...

I beleive our gifts always make a way for us. It sounds like you are going to be busy having fun.

Sian said...

Many congratulations Melissa! and the very best of luck with the new job :)

I come from a family of teachers and I think it's easy to see how talented you are. A born teacher!

MonicaB said...

Those kids will be lucky to have you as their teacher. I know I've learned so much from you other the years. Good luck with all your adventures!

Don and Becky Cameron said...

It sounds exciting. I know you will do great!

Sue Althouse said...

Congrats on your teaching job! I'm sure it will be exciting, and an adjustment. Good luck with those 8th graders!

Beverly said...

Melissa, I am so excited for you! it sounds like a busy but very rewarding winter and spring for you. Love that they offer a financial course for high school students. Good luck and enjoy!!!

Tammy said...

Congrats on the new position! Sounds like you are going to be a busy lady! I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up... LOL. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you will bring your enthusasm and warmth to your new position!
Rinda

Karen said...

Congratulations! Teaching brought me a lot of joy and satisfaction. I hope it does the same for you.

S said...

Well, you certainly are a teacher. And of all those accomplishments, I am most impressed that you wrote the Bible studies you have lead. What more important teaching is there than that!