October 26, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: A Letter to School Teachers and Staff

Brother-Aaron-236x300Author’s Note: I wrote the article below to the teachers and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in LaGrange, Georgia.

The Troup Baptist Association has adopted Berta as our “at large” Educational Partnership School. Berta is at the bottom of the scale both academically and socioeconomically. They are struggling!

While we do many things for the school during the year, the best is that at 3 PM each Thursday we have a prayer meeting at the school with all the teachers and staff who desire to participate.

And they love it! Now, while I wrote this article with the teachers and staff at Berta Weathersbee specifically in mind, I believe it might be a blessing and an encouragement to teachers and staff from other schools.

That’s why I have chosen to share it with you. So, if you know of a teacher who might be blessed by reading this article, I encourage you to clip it and send it to them.  ~ Brother Aaron 

It was Charles Knight who said, “Anybody who accepts mediocrity in school, on the job, or in life, is a person who compromises, and when the leader compromises, the whole organization compromises.”

While this year at Berta has known its successes, to say the least, it has been a challenging year for many of you in many different ways and on many different levels.

So, as we come to the end of the school year, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to each of you for not accepting mediocrity and for not compromising your individual and corporate standards.

Success cannot always be measured in the time frame of a school year, or by teaching someone the criteria for passing a test. Sometimes it takes months, years, or perhaps even a lifetime for success to be revealed. So, what is success? I believe success at Berta can be measured by honestly evaluating whether or not you made a difference in the lives of the children God entrusted to you.

Maybe you couldn’t make your students problems go away; maybe they didn’t pass the test; maybe they didn’t come in first place, but that is not how you measure your success.

Again, your success is measured by whether or not you made a difference in their lives. Did you wipe their tears? Were you warm, compassionate, and understanding? Were you sympathetic? Did you give them a smile? Did you speak words of encouragement into them? Did you listen non-judgmentally to their life stories? Did you teach them that life has boundaries by setting and enforcing boundaries in your classroom? And most importantly, did you love them unconditionally? If you did these things, then rest assured, whether you ever see it or not, you made a difference. And I thank you!

Thank you for allowing us to partner with you this year.  It has been our honor to come and pray with you on Thursday’s and be your cheerleaders!  I look forward to doing this again with you next year!

Brother Aaron

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