“We’re supposed to love our neighbor, if you need them, it helps.” -Wendell Berry
The same can be said of me. Students get me in two teaching roles for a four and a half year window. That’s a lot of Tantillo time. That’s a lot of space and time to let each other down, offend each other, to build each other up, and as the book of Hebrews says “stir one another up to love and good works.”
The bad will always happen. It’s part of the curse. The building and stirring up happens as we share our lives we each other. And that sharing of life process is where I have NEEDED each student, each parent interaction, and each colleague.
I’ve needed new or challenging points of view, I’ve needed criticism, I’ve needed forgiveness, I’ve needed love, I’ve needed support. Simply put, I need others.
And here at WCA, I’ve received what I’ve needed and I’m a better teacher, follower and human being for it.
WCA is often compared to a family and for apt reasons. We are a bonded community. We are paired together in good times and bad times. We need each other in sickness and health, for better and for worse until heaven joins us together perfect.
Marriage is a powerful microcosm. And I’m thankful to be living it’s metaphor with all involved in making this school a special place full of neighbors that I love and need.
Junior and Senior High Bible teacher