Day 1: A Calling

I believe I was meant to be a teacher. One of my earliest memories is playing “teacher” with my sisters: I recall standing in front of the blackboard with a piece of chalk in my hand instucting my younger siblings. While growing up I did think of taking teaching up as a career but the subject was just a passing thought. During my final years of high school, I was focused on becoming a pediatrician. Those dreams turned to dust when I was not accepted into medical school.

My first year of university began with the decision to follow the path of teaching.  Other options lay before me: Law, Accounting, a simple BA or BSc. My interest, however, was captured and held by my course subjects – especially Education. At the beginning of my second year, I attended a nearby school to observe for two weeks and I thought “I could do this”. In my final year during my practicum, I decided I had made the right choice. My first year of teaching, I knew I had.

Teaching has definitely been a calling for me. I have tried to move away from it on occasion, but I always find myself in the classroom again. I thrive when I am in the right environment – and I love to see the progression of the children I work with. Teaching has become more than just a calling for me. It has become my passion.

photo (52)© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: calling)

Missed a post? Click here to read all my memoirs for the series titled Blackboard Scribbles.

24 thoughts on “Day 1: A Calling

    1. Thank you Annie. I am lucky to have them in my life too. The students I have had over the years have taught me things as well. I will give you a taste of what these things are in my future posts.


  1. It’s fantastic to read how the Lord led you to a teaching career. I was a music education major in college, but really didn’t have the gumption to teach. I look forward to reading the rest of your series!

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  2. I’ve just been reading your last few posts, Colline. It’s so interesting to read how you first started teaching, and how you’ve progressed over the years. You’re certainly very dedicated to your calling. The learners of this world need more teachers like you.

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  3. I’ve friends and family members that are teachers. I find that they all, without exception, are the most dedicated professionals that we have. You, Colline, are a case in point. It’s a shame that a teacher’s pay doesn’t reflect the importance of her/his work.


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