i started coaching cheer last year because i was working 15-hour days and thought that if i needed to spend so much time at school, i may as well set aside some of that time to do something that would help me keep my sanity.
it started that way, and i am incredibly grateful that today, i can say that not only do i really like my job, but i want to spend more time at work because i love spending time coaching my cheerleaders, too.
in conversing with my captain tonight, who has made a few mistakes at the beginning of her junior year (junior year sucks for pretty much everyone), i realized that God has entrusted me with a small or large part of both their academic careers and their social development.
i realized how much responsibility has been placed in my hands. and for the first time in a while, it showed me that not only am i not being ignored or insignificant, but that i am so much the opposite that i have been given a unique form of influence to shape lives.
as a teacher, this is an a-ha moment that many have right away. it's obvious - decisions you make in and beyond the classroom greatly affect students, families, and ultimately, communities.
for me, it took an evening text from a distraught junior to realize that i am really important, and that my life (although drastically different than i ever imagined) has a monumental purpose.
never leave your phone unattended in cheer practice...