June 18, 2019

From Disrespect to Love: Thank You, Teacher

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This is the story of Ruthline and Gardison. Ruthline's teaching changed forever when she attended a training and learned how to serve her students better. Donate now at edudeo.com/teacher and give teachers like Ruthline the life-changing gift of mentorship. 

Ruthline’s classroom is dark, but her joy lights up the room.

It’s obvious she loves her students and holds their attention with her animated teaching. Ruthline has been a teacher for two years at Foyer Cretien School in Haiti, but didn’t always have her sights set on teaching. After a friend encouraged her, she participated in a CRECH training (EduDeo’s partner in Haiti). The training taught her how to assess her students psychologically – to see if they were thriving not just in school, but as whole persons.

The training opened up Ruthline’s eyes – she knew then that she deeply loved being a teacher and wanted to care for the most vulnerable children in her classroom.

One of those children is Gardison.

Gardison was known as a troublemaker, with very little respect for his teachers or the other students. He didn’t like doing his school work, and his grades reflected this. When he entered Ruthline’s class, she remembered her training, and evaluated Gardison through a psychological lens. Through talking with him, Ruthline learned “he had a problem with affection: he didn’t know his mother.”

Ruthline knew she could make a difference for Gardison and started paying him extra attention. She treated him like he was her own son.

Because of Ruthline’s small actions, Gardison’s behaviour has completely changed. He is respectful, kind, and gets along well with his classmates. He’s even doing much better in school. Gardison considers Ruthline as his mother, and he as her son.

Had Ruthline not received training, she may have never found her heart for teaching and her heart for children. Now her perspective has changed: education is more than just gaining knowledge – it’s living out wisdom.

“A good education should be based on Christ. With the Gospel, children become wiser: they understand more of life, and they understand more of God.”


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