23 Are they teachers?
I’m talking like a madwoman or madman —I’m a better one:
with far more lesson plans,
many more professional developments,
far worse classroom space, near exhaustion many times.
24 Five times I received 39 criticisms from parents.
25 Three times I lost my entire grade book in Infinite Campus.
Once I was kicked by a student.
Three times I was cursed by a student.
I have spent a night and a day
in my classroom.
26 Over the years, I faced
students from poor homes,
long drives to school,
late night ball games,
fights on the playground,
dangers on the bus,
and criticism from other teachers ;
27 labor and hardship,
many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst,
often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.
28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my own concern for my students.
Paul is the husband to Tara, father to Natalie and Isaac, has an average jump shot, and enjoys running. His secret wish is to one day become a Jedi Knight. Paul holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and currently serves as senior pastor of Hardinsburg Baptist Church. Paul desires to help young couples navigate the early crucibles of marriage, especially when one or both of the spouses are engaged in vocational ministry.