So Mike and I are teachers by trade. Mike is currently the assistant band director and percussion guru for Benjamin Russell High School. I am currently working as the Response to Instruction/Behavior Interventionist for Central Middle School.
Mike and I got into teaching because of our passion for teaching. Well, that's how we got into the game. Mike and I vary on why we have stayed in the game and what it means to each of us.
Mike feels like he has been called to teach. If he could bang on a drum all day, he would. If he could stand in front of a line and let them bang on a drum all day, well that would be his slice of heaven. No, Mike wants all children to have his same passion and desire for all things music related. He wants them to love it and live it, and then if we're lucky go out and teach it. I know it's pretty simple, but until you've had Mike into teach a camp, or had him as a colleague, his passion for music and teaching is like no other.
I on the other hand fell into education. I never realized when I started in the ECEC program at Samford that nine years later I would still love it. My passion is children's rights and being their advocate. I really don't want to leave any one behind in this crazy world and I believe with persistence I can reach anyone and help anyone get to their goal. I know it's corny and silly and you're ready to stop reading, but, this was what I was called to do. I thought I would be a professional musician, but then when I got to college I realized I could pursue my passion and answer my calling all at the same time.
So, artistry and creativity everyday, impacting as many lives as possible everyday. Yup, it's corny as all get out, but Mike and I have always been a little crazy.