I have always loved helping people. As a young black teacher, I want to be a role model to the youth in my community, my church, and my classroom. So many children go through life without a father or support system in their home, and it is important for me to support my students in areas where they are lacking. As the son of a pastor, I have witnessed the power of prayer and faith, and this has had a major effect on my spiritual life and determined how I interact with God’s people. I let my light and my life speak for me. I truly feel that God has used me to be a vessel to young men, women and even my peers right in my classroom. God meets you right where you are. I remember a fifth grader coming up to me after class, asking me to pray for his grandmother who was sick. I stopped what I was doing and prayed for him and his family. It brings me great joy to know that my students see my connection with God without me even saying a word. My classroom transitions into a sanctuary and a therapy room for my students and coworkers; they know it’s a place to relax, relate, and release. I believe God can touch people and change them through prayer, song, scriptures, poems and people. God has given my students someone to pray for them and with them at their request through me, and has used me to become a not only a teacher academically but a teacher of His Word to His children. As Matthew 28:20 says, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
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