Recently, Cornerstone Christian School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. We posted pictures of our teachers in their classrooms on our Facebook page simply to acknowledge and thank them. No big deal, right? Wrong! It was a big deal. Huge. The amount of alumni, parents, former teachers, and friends that viewed, posted, liked or commented broke our all time record for our Facebook page!!!
The love from everyone on Facebook came like a tidal wave. Although we’ve been around for 40 years, we don’t have a marketing department or a large budget for promoting our school. We are a small school and rely mainly on word of mouth, parental recommendations and a long-standing reputation for being an excellent place to send your child to school. That being said, the loyalty and support from these Teacher Appreciation posts blew us away!
So that begs the question: Why are our teachers so different? What makes them so great? Are they born with super genomic teaching skills in their DNA? Do they wake up every morning and put on a super hero cape and fly to school? Do they have access to a large classroom budget and the ability purchase the most expensive curriculum that money can buy? The answer to all of these is no, of course. So what is it? What makes Cornerstone Christian School teachers different than other teachers in other schools?
Although we do believe our teachers to be a very special crop of educators, it’s the structure and environment created here at Cornerstone that help to fuel their success. First of all, they are motivated not by a paycheck or teacher’s union membership, but by a God-given calling to teach. From a Christian perspective, they are doing what they were born to do. They do it for the reward of seeing a child succeed. They do it because they love the children and the school is also their home. Teaching without suppressing the existence of God, means limitless teaching. It’s about being free to teach not only reading, writing and arithmetic, but also teaching God’s word from the Bible which in turn feeds the teacher. The rewards achieved by teaching according to God’s purpose are better than any amount of money. They are priceless crowns in Heaven. See 1Peter 5:2-4:
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
Another key to success for our teachers is the strong leadership we have at Cornerstone that diligently protects the idea of small classrooms and small student to teacher ratios. Other schools might do with fewer teachers in order to “rake” in more tuition money to send to the bottom line. Cornerstone’s principal, Ms. Sherilyn Grant, is adamantly opposed to that idea. Her policy is that our students always have individual time and attention of the teachers, and she’s not changing.
As we reflect on the week, we are awestruck by the grace and blessings God has shown us. Our teachers are dedicated, hard-working, loving, and committed. Other schools may have shiny modern facades, million dollar auditoriums, and ivy league tuition prices, but we at Cornerstone know we are the richest school of all. Thank you, teachers.