Learning, Laughing, and Sharing Life at LEC
During the week of Thanksgiving, about twenty teachers, Pastor Tim, DCE Annie, Vice Principal Gloss, and I headed to California for the annual Lutheran Teacher’s Conference (LEC). The three days were filled with many wonderful moments that are inevitable when teachers surrounded by children all day long are given the joy of fellowship with each other. I am blessed to serve Jesus alongside them in ministry.
We learn and learn and learn some more together.
We divided and conquered at LEC as we set out to learn as much as we could by attending different sessions. My favorite session focused on how we can help every child learn. It was lead by a professor at Concordia Irvine, but the room was filled with teachers and principals who shared ideas and made connections. It brought me joy knowing that everyone else from CGLS was having the same kind of experience too. When we get back together we are so eager to share new ideas.
We laugh together.
We laugh a lot. Some of us are silly. Some of us are sassy. But all of us know laughter brings us together. At this conference, one of us got a new pair of socks with donuts all over them. Why? Well, she loves donuts, of course!
We celebrate and mourn as we share life together.
On Sunday night, we celebrated Jan Cloeter at a lovely patio reception as she we honored as a finalist for Elementary Teacher of the Year for the district. On Monday morning, we prayed with her when she heard the news that her step-mom had died. Soon she was headed home to be with her dad and her family, but she knew her CGLCS family would be ready to help her any way we could too.
We lead others by first following our Lord.
The conference begins every year with a worship service. Before you know it, two hours have passed and we have heard the Word, sang hymns together, and honored those who have served milestone years in ministry. Janell Cox was honored for 30 years of teaching ministry and her devotion to her Lord, her family, and her students continues to inspire others.
We know we have the luxury of centering all that we do at work in the Lord.
I am honored to work with others who point each other, their students, and school families to Jesus everyday. We have the difficult conversations because that’s what Jesus would do. We share our struggles because we know empathy and prayers are freely given. At LEC, we expand our brotherhood and sisterhood to those who serve like we do in schools, but live in California, Nevada, Arizona, or Hawaii. Every school has their own unique joys and struggles. The theme for LEC this year was Living Stones and our schools were encouraged to be built on Christ, the cornerstone.
Here’s to taking what we learned back to our campus and looking forward to next year’s conference!