Keila was fearful to start teaching at Presbyterian Day School, as her major was not in education. Over time, God gave her the courage and confidence needed, and taught her that teaching is more than just delivering information to students. Keila learned that teaching is like gardening: you must plant the seed, water and care for it, and wait for it to grow.

One day in Bible class, Keila shared Psalm 32:8 with her students: “I will guide you along the best pathways of your life.” She told them that no matter their journeys in life, God wants them to live out their faith and share the Good News of Jesus with others.

One of her students stood up and said, “Miss Keila, this devotion reminds me of what you told us when we started school: that we don’t have to wait to be adults to start living and practicing what we want to be in life.” 

In this moment, Keila realized that she needed this reminder as much as her students - that everything she does as a teacher has meaning in the lives of the children in her classroom. Emboldened with this knowledge, Keila is able to teach with even more confidence and continues to foster flourishing in the lives of her students.


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