In the next week, I plan to start my 25th year of teaching elementary students. Teaching is about planning but in life, you can’t always plan how it will go. I participated in a Paideia Seminar this week with my colleagues based on a poem by George Ella Lyon which inspired my own poem. I am placing my latest “Where I Am From” poem below and outside of my classroom. I am who I am because of my life experiences. This poem looks back through my memories and tries to paint a picture about the moments that have shaped me and stayed with me. My principal wants each teacher to compose their own “Where I Am From” poem and to post it for students, parents and staff to read as a part of our current school year’s theme of “I Am From Elon Park”.
Where I Am From by Lisa
I am from Sunday visits to my grandparents’ houses at the end of a dirt road in the country where grandma shared her homemade apple jelly and her patchwork quilts. My favorite quilts were the ones that she made from my grandpa’s old shirts.
I am from piano recitals when Mrs. Matthews, my piano teacher, expected my best! I memorized each piece every Spring and played on the grand piano at the Alumni House at UNC-Greensboro while the azaleas bloomed.
I am from Sunday school, Bible verses, Worship songs and The Golden Rule.
I am from going to church camp every summer in High Point, NC where I swam, sang, prayed, learned from spiritual giants and made great friends.
I am from leading my church choir and being church pianist in my late teens and twenties.
I am from prayer, hope and precious parents who love me because I am their only child.
I am from learning how to be a teacher at UNC-Greensboro and singing in Women’s Choir.
I am from the day I married Gene Maples 20 years ago on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year because I didn’t want the day to end.
I am from the moments I heard my daughters cry for the first time and held them when they were born. I am from 10 years where one or both of them came to school with me to Elon Park.
I am from Family Movie Night every Friday night when we eat pizza together and relax.
I am from beach trips to Wild Dunes at Isle of Palms, SC where the sound of waves, sun and soft sand ripple into my heart, slowing me down, making me see what’s important.
I am from love, the kind that shows it cares. The kind of love that doesn’t laugh at me, but supports me. The kind of love that builds up. The kind of love that is patient and kind.
I am from being a 3rd Grade teacher for 13 years in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.
I am from being a 4th Grade teacher during the first six years when Elon Park was opened.
I am from being a Technology Teacher for the past four years at Elon Park, my home away from home. I am from caring so much that students create digital projects to make learning fun!
If you’d like to read another “Where I Am From” poem, I wrote one on my personal blog in December of 2015 at http://www.intendtospend.wordpress.com. I would encourage you to ponder your life experiences and compile them in your own “Where I Am From” poem.