"I am a Teacher.
I am the most fortunate of all who labour.
A doctor is allowed to usher life into the world in one magic moment. I am allowed to see that life is reborn each day with new questions, ideas and friendships.
An architect knows that, if he builds with care, his structure may stand for centuries. A teacher knows that, if he builds with love and truth, what he builds will last for ever.
I am a paradox. I speak the loudest when I listen the most. My greatest gifts are in what I am willing to appreciatively receive from my students.
I am a warrior, daily fighting a battle against preer pressure, negativity, fear, conformity, prejudice, ignorance and apathy. However, I have great allies: Intelligence, Curiosity, Parental Support, Individuality, Creativity, Faith, Love and Laughter, which all rush to my banner with indomitable support.
Who do I have to thank for this wonderful life I am so lucky to experience? You, the parents, as you have done me the invaluable honour to entrust me your greatest contribution to eternity, your children.
So I have a past that is rich in memories. I have a present that is challenging, adventurous and fun because I am allowed to spend my days with the future.
I AM A TEACHER!"
JOHN W. SCHLATTER