My Vocation

An excerpt from what I shared on Facebook after day 1 of rookie teacher training:

"When I was interviewing one of the senior teachers who met with me said something that has been bouncing around in my head ever since. He said that when people ask him, "What do you teach?" he responds, "I teach teenagers." Then he (then a science teacher) adds, "I use science to teach them, but I teach teenagers." For this teacher, science was the his means; helping emerging adults develop and thrive was his vocation. I love this and I am kinda, sorta stealing it. It's not "what" I teach that is central to my forthcoming vocation; it is "who" I teach that is central to my forthcoming vocation. I am teaching emerging adults. I am helping them (as my colleague Fr. Nate Bostian has said) become part of the solution, not part of the problem. My tools? Ancient literature composed, compiled, received, and interpreted for millennia, that stand as a testimony to the ongoing human project to better understand ourselves, "ultimate reality" (God?), each other, our world, etc. It doesn't get much better than this."