Even though I don't have any children of my own, I've always considered my students as my kids. I've got close to two hundred of them from the twelve years I taught in the elementary and high school levels. I felt like a mom to so many of them, especially when I taught kindergarten. From giving hugs and calming fears to putting on band-aids and pulling out loose teeth, I was their "mom" eight hours a day.;)
My first four years of teaching were in the third grade classroom. Three of those classes have already graduated from high school. My fourth year's class graduated this past Saturday, and I just couldn't miss it. After my anniversary get away, I drove an hour to Fort Collins to be a part of this special celebration.
I thought I'd show you a few pictures from the 2000-2001 school year. Three from the class picture below stayed through all these years and graduated from Front Range Baptist Academy.
I really liked this class a lot. They were a lot of fun and a joy to teach.
Bethany is the only girl who graduated from the original class. She was--and still is such a great girl. She's so full of talent.
Nathan was a great student, but was always so full of energy. He and the other Nathan were best of friends and both could rattle off capitals of countries better than anyone!
Iman loved playing his drums, and still does as a matter of fact. He talked a lot about his rockets and even brought one to school to show us how he could make it zoom into the air.
Here I am with the three...Iman, Bethany and Nathan. Besides playing the drums, Iman still loves his rockets. He is staying close to home to attend college and will be an engineering major. Bethany was the salutatorian of the class. Although she already knows where she's going to school, she is not sure what she will be majoring in. Her mom and I think she would make a great elementary school teacher because she is so good with kids. Nathan was the valedictorian this year....still so very smart! He will be majoring in music in college. He is a super trumpet player and also sings well.
I'm so proud of them! I'm so excited for them in the days ahead and how they will continue to use their talents for the Lord. It has encouraged my heart that I've been able to see them grow up and that I had a small part in their lives over the years.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. III John 4