I Can Be A: Teacher

by Melissa Tullos, second grade teacher, FPDS

I knew from an early age that God created me to be a teacher. When I declared this major officially in college, my mom gently offered that maybe I could be a chemical engineer or a pharmacist… those make so much more money. I have to admit that it is not the most glamorous job out there or the most high-paying if you are talking about money, but I think it is an incredibly high paying job in terms of eternal payment.

Also, do you have 19 people you work with each day that love you unconditionally and literally hang on your every word? Who are anxious to help you at all times with an enthusiasm that is truly unmatched in our society? I do. The truth is year to year they teach me so much more about myself and life in general than I teach them. I will never forget how blessed and thankful I am to teach in such a unique Christian environment like First Pres.

I can remember the first time I set foot in these walls. I was on a tour as part of my education training at Mississippi College. I remember thinking “Wow. My kids will go here one day.” Ironically, at the time I did not even have a boyfriend. I was so amazed at how the teachers interacted with the students and how I felt a sense of calm that only the Holy Spirit provides. I still feel that way about FPDS. I truly feel that FPDS is like no other school in terms of the emphasis of Scripture combined with academic excellence.  I also feel that the dedication of the classroom teachers at First Pres. are a huge part of its appeal and success, and I am truly honored to be counted among them. I can only give God the glory for all the ways He has used teaching in my life and continues to use it on a daily basis to further His Kingdom. It is His work alone, and I am so blessed to be a part of it.

So for all of my students out there, yes, you can be a teacher. And I hope you do, because it reaps eternal rewards beyond measure.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21