Today, as we embark on our second month of the Fall 2012 school semester, I can’t help but think of how much has evolved here at Morning Glory and where we are now and the inspiration that helped bring us this far. I think about what inspired me for teaching was initially rooted in the interesting visitor from America when I was a child in Kenya.
I have a clear memory of this visitor who came all the way from Washington D.C. to spend a day at our school…ironically, her name was Mrs. Washington.
Not just for myself but for my fellow classmates, Mrs. Washington sparked a sense of excitement, or me she piqued an interest in teaching that remains a part of me today. On the day of her visit, Mrs. Washington brought a variety of colorful greeting cards, cards celebrating Christmas and Easter on many different varieties of paper patterns, scenes, and stock. Our mission she said was for each of us to recreate a house out of the paper and cards. I recall thinking, ‘We have never seen these things before,’ and wondered how we could possibly create a house from paper. But this was where imagination engaged me and my classmates that day, somehow my imagination just clicked with this experience and the art project introduced to us and all of a sudden I knew it was an inspiring moment of my life as each of us worked with the beautiful materials she brought to us that day.
So, this is the inspiration I like to give to our children. I think it is very, very important that teachers be the light in which the children can relate…teachers demonstrating creativity in ways that lights a child’s imagination as Mrs. Washington did for me and my Kenyan students so many years ago. I’ve been teaching for 25 years now and never tire of watching when inspiration happens.
You take care now,