When I See Students, I Remember….
|Cindy Terebush, CPC, CYPFC|
I am a busy woman. I wonder if I am, in fact, too busy. I am the Director of Schools at Temple Shalom in Aberdeen, New Jersey – yes, that means all of our schools from the early learning center thru 12th grade. I am a credentialed instructor of adults and provide professional development lectures and presentations. I am a Certified Professional Coach with a Certified Youth, Parent, Family Coach specialty.
I am often knee-deep in paperwork and budgets. Math was never my thing and I grab calculators thinking of the irony.
I put myself out there. All of my experience, knowledge and creativity is often lying on the table in front of you. I do that knowing that I cannot and will not please everyone. It is the ultimate risk taking.
I am in the position of not only hiring and mentoring great teachers but also having to sometimes change their lives by ending our professional relationship. When I have to do that, I wonder why I like this career.
I do my best to provide a school that nurtures children and reaches every learner. Some of their life stories & needs break my heart and I wonder why I want to be so entrenched in so much humanity.
I also spend time lecturing, providing professional development presentations and facilitating parenting workshops. On the show “Once Upon a Time,” they say that all magic has its price. Success is like magic. It has a price, too. I have stood in the wings waiting to be introduced and wondered what my family is doing at home.
When I see students, I remember why I do this. I do this because when I see them grasp a concept, take pride in their accomplishments and jump up with a new idea, I have had the honor and privilege to touch the future. When I see adult students – an audience of school directors, teachers or parents – nod in agreement or say that I have impacted the way they think, I remember why I do this. I touch the people who touch hundreds of lives. People thank me but I am eternally grateful for all of you. I am truly blessed.
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