When I was in Kindergarten I was fortunate enough to have an amazing teacher. Her name was Mrs. Jensen. To a young five year old, she looked very “grandmotherly,” though I don’t know how old she was at the time. I remember her soft voice and enthusiasm for teaching.
She had sheep at her house, though she didn’t live on a farm. She took us there to shear the sheep. I don’t know what we were supposed to learn from that day, but I remember it. Mrs. Jensen also encouraged us to sit next to Danny Thompson after he threw up all over a class project. None of the girls would do it, but I’m sure the boys probably thought he was very cool. She was so compassionate and caring. The perfect teacher, particularly for kindergarteners.
After spending a year with her, I wanted to be a teacher. This pleased my parents as I used to always say I wanted to be the bag lady at the grocery store – I was so curious to see what everyone had in their carts, a bag lady was a dream job! As the years went on, my interested changed. For a while, I was going to be a divorce attorney – then my parents divorced and I decided that perhaps that wasn’t the best job for me. I wanted to be an accountant, but my first college accounting class taught me other wise.
As luck would have it. I ended up becoming a teacher. Though not a teacher in the sense that you’re thinking of.
I worked for a huge restaurant company, and one of my roles there was to teach new employees. I taught them things like how to make a salad, how to open and properly serve wine, how to cook with a saute pan, and how to take inventory. Teaching component of my day was fun, but the hours were not! Lucky for me, I quickly progressed into a role at the corporate office which allowed me to continue to teach but enjoy weekends off!
This new role was a fun adventure, it taught me that you can be a teacher to those who are older than you. You can teach those who think they know everything. You can teach those who seem to be in the wrong field all together.
Since leaving the corporate world and becoming a stay-at-home mother, I find that I am teaching more than ever. At the same time, I am learning more. Every day is an adventure filled with wonder and joy and a few tears.
Thank you Mrs. Jensen, for teaching me to be a patient teacher.
Everyone is a teacher at some point in their life. What have you taught lately?
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