TEACHERS… IT’S NOT ABOUT THEM – Homeschooling Is Where The Heart Is!

When I chose to take on the task of writing a monthly article about homeschooling, I knew at some point, I would pause to acknowledge the dedicated teachers who teach in the brick school house be it public, private or parochial.

Teachers, outside the home, are not competition or a threat to homeschoolers and vice-versa. God created a big, wide world for us to educate our children in. We should encourage and respect each other. Separate the system (common core) from the human (teacher).

Like any other field of service there is the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve had the privilege of meeting teachers who set the gold standard and ones who must have falsified their diploma.

Just to be clear, I’m sharing this piece of prose in honor of the teachers who give their all. The good and gold standard ones who know it’s not about them, instead it’s about their students and the knowledge they can divulge to those eager young minds.

The author, Julie Dannenfelser Hadaway, is a former classmate of mine. We were imparted some awe-inspiring knowledge from talented theatre professors at IPFW over a decade ago. Julie posted this gem on Facebook; I read it thinking, aha, the time has come to recognize the other purveyors of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Don’t worry homeschool parents you will recognize yourselves within these descriptive lines! Enjoy!

I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all the teachers I’ve ever had! I also want to apologize if I ever caused you any grief.

I never knew …

… that you worked nights, weekends, breaks, and summers

… that YOU had more homework than I did

… that so few people appreciated or even recognized your best intentions

… that you sometimes cried because you were overwhelmed or hurt

… how much sleep you lost because you wanted to make your classes fun

… how thankless your efforts seemed

… that you worried about your students when you were supposed to be on vacation or sleeping

… that most days you took better care of me than you did yourself

… that you didn’t have enough time to eat your entire lunch

… that you didn’t even have a chance to pee some days


… that you genuinely cared for and loved me

Thank you!

As a teacher, now I get it!

Teaching is not for the weak but the strong. It is for those who truly know what it means to be selfless.

Email me with your homeschooling questions at homeschooling heart@gmail.com. Until next month God bless you and your little or not so little ones!

Michele Andrews

Michele Andrews

Michele Andrews is a full-blown Hoosier and Waynedaler. She was born in a Fort Wayne hospital then followed her mom and dad home to Waynedale. She has seen bits and pieces of the world while serving a stint in the United States Navy. The farthest bit being St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer