Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doing Good

One of the best parts of my last job was all the wonderful people I met on a regular basis. I was joking with a friend of mine the other day about how I feel like some sort of "mama" to my former students at times. It's amazing how we mature over time, and how the people that I saw entering my courses with enthusiasm and a desire to conquer the world are now teachers, mothers, wives, and all around amazing people. I love to hear what they're up to, to share their joy as they marry or bring a new life into the world. It's exciting to watch their children grow and to see them accomplish their professional and personal goals.

One of my former students, Kellee Tomlinson, is one such person. She and her husband Doug set a goal to be missionaries to Thailand. They have been working doggedly on planning a successful mission trip to serve the needy in Thailand--including opportunities for education. I first met Kellee several years ago as an undergraduate student in one of my classes. Quiet but thoughtful, it was clear that she took her responsibilities as a student very seriously. I had the opportunity to coteach with Kellee as she advanced in her program and found her to be a dedicated, impressive young teacher who understood the developmental needs of children and held herself to a high standard to challenge them.

Kellee and Doug are making tremendous progress toward their goal of moving to Thailand. I admire their tenacity and dedication tremendously. I see so many of my former students doing good in this world, making a difference in the lives of children both locally and around the world. What we put out, we get back.

Recently, in my own search of where I'm supposed to be going professionally, I was talking with Kellee and trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be doing. Our conversation gave me fire and encouraged me to start my own business. I asked Kellee if it would be okay for me to link her Thailand missionary information to this blog, and she said yes. She and Doug need support in many ways. Even if you are able to send your support through prayer, it is greatly appreciated. If you'd like to read more about what they're doing, click on the link. (This is my first attempt at linking anything, so hopefully with my dear husband's help, we shall be successful!). You can also look them up on facebook: Tomlinsons to Thailand.

It's often said that students are inspired by good teachers. I would argue that teachers are also inspired by good students. And we're all inspired by good friends. Here's to Kellee and Doug and their little boy...and the great changes this family will bring to the world.


1 comment:

  1. Michelle, you are too kind! And your link works! Way to go!