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Teachers bring bravery to class

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

It's the beginning of another school year. I am thinking about all you teachers. Pearl Buck wrote, "Only the brave should teach." She is so right.

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It demands the love of humanity. It demands the the desire to help others be all they are capable of being. It demands, as Christa McAuliffe said, "... to touch the future."

The two most influential groups of people in a young person's life are parents and teachers, in that order. The choices we make in classrooms and in schools help create the future of generations. Teaching is a precious responsibility that requires time, effort, energy and emotion. What other career promises the opportunity to influence the lives of 30-150 students a year; every year? For better or worse, you will influence literally thousands of lives. Believe me, that takes courage.

You are beginning a new school year with an awesome set of responsibilities. I believe in you! Be brave and have a rewarding year.

Parmalee Hawk

Greenville

Note: The writer is the former Director of Teach Education at East Carolina University.

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