Inspirational Treasures: Essays by Educators and the Students Reflecting the Joy of Teaching
DCREA
Christine Davis Easterling & Frances Green Clarke, Eds.
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ISBN 0-9848243-9-7

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These inspirational treasures that praise the joy and excitement of teaching are the brainchild of the book writing club of the District of Columbia Retired Educators Association (DCREA).

The club's first book—essays, messages, poems, prayers, teacher experiences and more—encourages retired educators everywhere to write and publish their stories.

Moreover, the articles should awaken all of us who care about children to the extraordinarily positive impact that our teachers have on youngsters. The educators' statements also reflect their pride and commitment to their calling.

Authors include educators Frances Green Clarke, Alberta Clément, Emma Coates, Alberta Coleman, Christine Easterling, Phyllis Hobson, Minnie Holcomb, Sandra Britt Jenkins, Constance Laws, Louise Mikell, Delore President, Marie Richardson, Ermyn Roberts, William Simons, Shirley Smith, Romaine Thomas, Cassandra Wilkins, Jacqueline Williams, and Marion Williams. The book also includes student authors in grades 2 to 7 at Raymond Education Campus.

"We want to remind educators of how great their noble calling is and how important their contributions have been to our society," says DCREA president Christine Easterling.

EXCERPT FROM DCREA's INSPIRATIONAL TREASURES

History shows that in the early 1900s, one teacher would teach five to eight grade levels and all subjects. The female teachers, most of whom were unmarried, would arrive very early to start a fire in the pot belly stove, prepare hot meals for the students, and clean their classrooms. All this was in addition to their usual duties of preparing lessons and grading papers. Teachers rarely earned any significant recognition or income. The average monthly wages for a female teacher in a "one-room school" was $25.99. When I think of our educators, I am reminded of the poem by Ivan Welton Fitzwater who in 2008 received the American Association of School Administrators Distinguished Service Award:

I am a teacher! What I do and say are being absorbed
by young minds who will echo these images across the ages.
My lessons will be immortal, affecting people yet unborn,
people I will never see or know.
The future of the world is in my classroom today, a
future with the potential for good or bad. The pliable minds
of tomorrow’s leaders will be molded either artistically
or grotesquely by what I do. Several future presidents are
learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next
decades; and so are all the so-called ordinary people who
will make the decisions in a democracy.
I must never forget these same young people could be the
thieves or murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank
God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must
be vigilant every day lest I lose one fragile opportunity to
improve tomorrow.

In September 2010, as president of the District of Columbia Retired Educators Association, I encouraged the organization to establish a book writing club. The ultimate purpose of the club is to encourage retired educators to write their own books. It was our hope that when educators read our first collaborative book, Inspirational Treasures: Essays by Educators and Students Reflecting the Joys of Teaching, they would feel appreciated and proud of choosing education as their profession. Inspirational Treasures: Essays by Educators and Students Reflecting the Joys of Teaching features inspirational messages, poems, prayers, teacher experiences, short stories, acrostics, essays, meditations, and more from the members. In addition, the book includes praises from students in the second through seventh grades at Raymond Education Campus. We hope that this book will live forever in the hearts and minds of educators everywhere--to remind them not only how great they are, but also how great their contributions to society have been.

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