Monday Mission, 11/3/08
Our Samford story for the week features a young lady who received her degree from Samford last spring. This fall she began a stint with Teach for America, teaching 110 seventh graders in an inner-city school in a major city in the United States. A few days ago, she wrote to her friends that eight of her 110 students passed their state test last year, she's already been told by teachers she respects that some students just aren't going to make it and it would be a waste of time to try to teach them, and that most of her students miss at least one day of school each week. In the midst of this turmoil, our recent graduate says, "Teaching is the biggest learning experience I've ever had, and one of the most difficult challenges I've ever faced. It calls me to re-examine who I am and how I've acted every day. God shows me how I've failed every day, and He gently reminds me that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to change."
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