When I started my undergrad, I was a “Speech and Theatre Education” major. I wanted to be a teacher from such a young age. When I had my first PR class, I quickly learned that I loved Public Relations and all its potential so I dropped the Education portion of my degree and graduated with a B.A. in Media and Public Communications with concentrations in PR and Theatre.
When I did my graduate work, I wasn’t quite sure “why” I was entering the program but knew it was the right time. If nothing else, it would help me fulfill requirements to do some adjunct teaching…hopefully. I loved my course work and find myself using it every day. Who knew a M.S. in Organizational Leadership would lead me in many paths, which so far hasn’t included standing at the front of my own classroom.
That said - when I made the decision to drop the Education portion of my undergrad, I thought to myself that I could get the ‘teacher’ in me fulfilled by other means. Teaching in my job. Teaching Sunday school. Teaching my own children.
I realized today that I am teaching. While I’m not a “teacher” (and bless those who are!!!!), I’ve had the privilege of sharing my knowledge (all be it limited) with others. I’ve been blessed to be chosen to mentor a student from Manchester College. I’m lucky to have an intern being placed with me this semester from the University of St. Francis. I have friends who invite me to be a guest in their classroom like I did this week at Huntington University in Andrew Hoffman’s JTerm class.
So - thank you to those who think I have something to teach others. I’m honored and so grateful to be fulfilled by serving in those ways. Can’t wait to see how I can be taught in the future so that I might serve more.
How are you using yourself to learn and to teach?