Satisfying. This is the best word I can think of to describe my time here at Rockhurst High School so far. My whole being – heart, mind, body, and soul – are continually being asked to do many, many things. But I am also continually refilled with the work I have had the privilege to do. This opportunity constantly leaves me with a desire for more. The students I interact with in the halls, in the classroom, or on the field challenge me in positive ways. I’ve probably learned more in the past three weeks about the Old Testament than I recall learning throughout my high school experience, simply because the students need me to teach them. I’m required to know the material, as well as how to present it and I owe many thanks to the students for that.
The students have been phenomenal, but the faculty and staff might be my favorite part of Rockhurst High School thus far. I don’t think I would be as prepared for the intricacies of a class period without drawing on the experience of my colleagues. While I still don’t know all of them, those I have met are ready to help whenever my ASC brothers or I need it. I’ve been teaching for a little over two weeks, but it feels like I have way more experience than that, simply because of the help of faculty. We try to teach the students to care for themselves and others, and the faculty members are certainly great role models in that regard.
I feel overwhelmingly blessed every day. It is a feeling I won’t be able to put into words for a while, if ever. That’s not to say it has been easy, but definitely worth it. Simply satisfying.