Why I Love Teaching In A Community College!

by Lucy Lee Jones on April 23, 2011

in Graduation, Reflection, University Center at West Hawaii

Sharing what I’ve learned along the way, knowing that some might never “get it”, but those who do will be ready to take that knowledge to the next level;

Finding new ways to present old material that will make it more relevant to today’s young people;

Watching students struggle to understand a new concept in order for it to mean something in their world;

Catching the shy romantic glances between two people who don’t think anyone saw it;

Seeing the look in a room full of big eyes when they are truly surprised by new information they had no idea existed;

Hearing their excitement when they tell me there is a new baby on the way, but not due until after graduation;

Listening to the dreams of older students who have come back to school after many years of working and/or raising families;

Explaining the difference between high school and college to those who are recent graduates of the local high school;

Recognizing the pride in many of the students because they are the first in their family ever to go beyond high school;

Welcoming the daughters and sons of former students because their mother or father said for them to be sure to sign up for my classes;

Worrying when some of the students don’t pass the class;

Pondering schedules and requirements with those who aren’t sure what they want to be when they “grow up”;

Striving to make each class better than the one before it;

Accepting the challenge of keeping my brain active and alive;

Empathizing with those who have to work more than one job while tending a family while they take classes;

Admiring the young healthy bodies of those who can’t imagine ever getting as old as I am;

Learning new names for each class member and actually knowing how to pronounce them;

Praising those who grow out of their timidity enough to give an oral presentation in class;

Crying on the last day of classes because I will miss the students over the summer holiday;

Celebrating with them when they finally receive their Associates Degree before moving on to the next level of education.

A hui hou!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ann Wurden April 25, 2011 at 3:24 am

Very nice Lucy!! I love the community college environment too, as it is so much of what you wrote above. Once upon a time I thought I’d like to do that….

2 Lucy Lee Jones April 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

Thank you for your comment, Ann. I am deep into the last 2 weeks of the semester and I always get a bit sentimental about it all around this time – as well as exhausted! 🙂
Aloha,
Lucy

3 Evie Gonzales April 29, 2011 at 6:28 am

You are a teacher in every sense of the word…..The world needs more teachers like you! Aloha Grand Lady!

4 Lucy Lee Jones April 29, 2011 at 8:27 am

Thank you so much, Evie! I do love teaching and love my students!

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