It has been 23 years since I was in 5th grade, but yet, I still remember my homeroom teacher that year, Mrs. Gebhart. At the time she was in her 60’s and a quirky, fun, and very energetic teacher that had no tolerance for disrespect or laziness. I can vividly remember the day she put on her tap shoes and danced around the room to Billy Joel’s “Still Rock and Roll To Me.” Although entertaining, that is not the main reason Mrs. Gebhart remains in my memory all these years later. I remember how she made me feel accepted and loved. I remember that she was an advocate for me in a difficult situation. Mrs. Gebhart was more than just a teacher in an academic setting, she was a positive influence and voice of truth in my life. A quirky, energetic teacher in her 60’s ministered to a hurting 10-year-old Becky. Mrs. Gebhart took hold of the opportunity God gave her and used her position to minister to her students, co-workers, and parents.
At TCC we recognize many teachers in our local schools have an active ministry they are able to carry out day in and day out with many children, some of which are our own TCC Kids. We, as a church, want to support, encourage, and rally around them. One way we work to accomplish that support and encouragement is through care packages. Many teachers, administrators, and support staff have to purchase their own classroom supplies and other necessary supplies for their position. As a church family, we provided “Supply Cakes” for the faculty and staff at Hook Elementary. This was intended to help relieve some of the burdens of purchasing additional supplies along with share some encouragement! TCC is also providing breakfast this month to some of the elementary teachers along with free coffee to the faculty and staff at Van Cleve (6th Grade building).
Our school teachers have a profound impact and influence on our children. They are carrying out a powerful ministry in our schools. I urge you to cover them with prayer as they venture into a new school year. Whenever possible take a moment and share your appreciation for them!