The Kind of Teacher Your Child Needs

Timoteo Sazo | August 3, 2016

Jaleshea Cobbs is a 10th-grade world history teacher at a Title I school in Washington, D.C. She is a member at Anacostia River Church.

What do you do every day?

My work varies. Having block scheduling means I can plan ahead and teach the same content two days in a row, but seeing about 70 kids each day means no day is like the one before. Work is busy, and grading assignments makes for late nights. In addition to planning and teaching, I spend a significant amount of time building relationships with students and their families.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

Working with teenagers can be challenging and calls for much grace, patience, kindness, and compassion—not only for my students but also for myself. I’m constantly reminded of how much I need God’s strength to be good teacher.

How I work with my students reflects how God works with us: He’s always sanctifying us—teaching us and shaping us through his Word, our experiences, and the people he’s placed around us. My prayer for my students is to get a glimpse of God’s love and care through their experiences with me both…

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