I would like to nominate my mother for your Hero Among Us section. Yes, I’m biased simply because she is my mother, but she is so much more than just that. She is a mentor, emotional coach, friend, and mother to many. My mother teaches GED.
My mother has always been the most unselfish person I know. Before teaching GED she taught high school English, drama, and debate for over 30 years. Some of my first memories are of the students that she would take in, drive home, or have over for a meal.
She has taught GED for years in DeSoto, Missouri and has provided support and education to over 100 students the ability to graduate. She has housed a few when they needed homes, fed when hungry, listened when they need an ear, pushed (gently in her southern way) many of these students on to a better path for better futures where they’d not have found this path as easily. Rides to and from school are given on a daily basis, as rides to the testing site are given free of charge in this poverty ridden small town.
Countless students have come into her room with no self esteem, the inability to do basic math or only read at very low levels. These kids, as she calls them, even though they range from 16 to 60, have all but given up on themselves. Where they’ll say they can’t, she says you can and you will, and then they do. Some come through her classroom door and receive their diploma within weeks, others take years, and she stays with them.
She receives no monetary payment for this, she does this because of them. As she’ll say, “The best reward is to see my kids graduate.” And you’ve got to know that’s true.
Please consider her for your Hero section as she is not only a hero to me but a hero to the thousands of students who’ve passed through her doorway throughout her career. 7 years ago