Holiday Residents Teach Us a Thing or Two About Education
We might be a little biased, but our Holiday Retirement communities are home to some of the best teachers around. While many of our resident teachers may not have seen a classroom full of students for a few years, they’d be the first to tell us that a teacher’s job never ends!
With that in mind, and in gratitude for those who foster growth inside and outside our communities, we sat down with a few former teachers to talk about fond memories and pieces of advice ahead of National Teacher Day May 7.
When it comes to advice they’d give for teachers today, a trio of teachers at Holiday Retirement’s Woodlands Village in Bradenton, Florida, stressed the importance of relationships with and between students. “Have kids practice the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” said Theda Davidson.
Her neighbor, Jerry Sergent, quickly chimed in, insisting that teachers should also “get to know your students as people as well as students. It will take some time and effort, but will be well worth it.” Joan Fletcher, another Woodlands Village resident, encouraged teachers to find their passion. “Ask yourself why you want to be a teacher, and have a good reason!”
A few states over at Holiday Retirement’s The Gardens at Arkanshire, the community’s Retired Teachers Club gathers monthly to share stories of classrooms past. When asked about their favorite part about being teachers, their answers were all so similar that, if we didn’t know better, we’d have thought they all looked at each other’s answers. “Getting to know the students and helping them grow as people” topped the list for all educators, with a few honorable mentions for “having the summer” to spend time with their own families.
Ranging from nursery teachers to college professors, our Holiday educators looked back fondly on life in the classroom and expressed gratitude for the teachers in their own lives who helped inspire their careers in education. Now, it’s our turn to express gratitude to them!