Teacher of the Year
Mr. Roland Stewart
A great scholar once said, “Teachers are torchbearers of truth, though the torch may be heavy, they never let it fall, for they know it is a guiding light for the future.” My interest in becoming an educator was sparked during my time in junior high school. I knew by the eighth grade that in the future I would want to encourage, uplift, and pour into the hearts of young people just as the phenomenal educators I had encountered had done for me. I am blessed to be able to say that I am living in the moment I dreamed for myself those many years ago. I make it my business to look at the heart of each of my students. Their social or economic background does not matter to me, what rests at their core is my concern. I understand that I may not be able to reach every student, but I must make it my business to try to. Each student is a piece of clay, and I am the potter, there are times when the clay will be unyielding and hard to mold, but I must keep at it. Every child needs a champion, a mentor to look up to. Teachers have the privilege of always being in the time and place to take charge of being both. There is no greater reward than knowing you have impacted a young life. I am truly honored to have been named Teacher of the year. I would be foolish to think that I am the only one responsible for this honor; I owe a debt of gratitude to my family, friends, colleagues, and most importantly God. It is God who placed the gift of teaching in my heart, mind, and hands. It is God who has given me the light for my pupils to follow. I will continue to educate my students with a spirit of excellence, because I know that I am preparing the next generation of torchbearers.