"The Heart of a Teacher"

By Paula J. Fox
A child arrives like a mystery box with puzzle pieces inside.
Some of the pieces are broken or missing and others just seem to hide.

But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out and help the child to see
The potential for greatness they have within, a picture of what they can be.

Her goal isn't just to teach knowledge by filling the box with more parts;
It's putting the pieces together to create a work of art.

The process is painfully slow at times some need more help than others.
Each child is a work in progress with assorted shapes and colors.

First, she creates a classroom where the child can feel safe in school.
Where they never feels threatened or afraid to try and kindness is always the rule.

She knows that a child can achieve much more when they feel secure inside.
When they're valued and loved, and believe in them self, and they have a sense of pride.

She models and teaches good character and respect for one another.
How to focus on strengths, not weaknesses, and how to encourage each other.

She gives each child the freedom they need to make choices on their own.
So they learn to become more responsible and are able to stand alone.

They're taught to be strong and think for them self as their soul and spirit heal.
And the puzzle that's taking shape inside has a much more positive feel.

The child discovers the joy that comes from learning something new,
And their vision grows as they begin to see all the things that they can do.

A picture is formed as more pieces fit an image of the child within.
With greater strength and confidence and a belief that they can win!

All because a hero was there in the HEART of a teacher who cared,
Enabling the child to become much more than they ever imagined ... or dared.

A teacher with a HEART for her children knows what teaching is all about.
She may not have all the answers, but on this she has no doubt.

When asked which subjects she loved to teach, she answers this way and smiles...

"It's not the subjects that matters
It's all about teaching the CHILD."