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Learning to be a Great One

Many times it is easy to get bogged down with the nuts and bolts of teaching students HOW to become competent with the many and varied skills needed to become a paramedic.  One of the things that distinguishes a good educator from a great one is the ability to remember that students are people and that they come to class with many things that weigh on them.  Zelma Baker, one of the professors within the EKU EMC program recently received an email that showed how she is one of the great educators.  The content of the letter is below.  The students name has been changed. 

“This is Carol from EMC 104 this past Saturday. This is not a conventional student-teacher email so bear with me please as there are some things I feel compelled to tell you that have been on my heart. I wanted to let you know that my papaw is doing fine. They got him into surgery that day, got everything fixed and he is coming home this afternoon. I want to thank you and Mrs. Vanessa so much for allowing me to go be with my family in our time of need. I probably made a 30 minute walk in about 10 or 15 after I left. I cannot express how thankful we are that the both of you prayed for us when you don't even know us. I let everyone know your kind words and we knew that if strangers had the heart to send up special prayers for us that he would be okay and live to be with us here on earth for a lot longer. Again, I don't have words to say how grateful and thankful I am that you care so much about your students. Your’s and Vanessa's hugs were all I needed to keep from falling apart and probably passing out or having an anxiety attack. You both are great teachers and great women. I have so much more respect for the both of you beyond the fact that you're teachers. All I ask now is for continued prayers that he recovers quickly and the pain from the defibrillators will subside and he can carry on as painless as possible. Thank you both so much and please never stop being the great women that you are. I hope as I go through life I can give people the same comfort and peace that you gave me in the moment you hugged me.”

 

Thanks to Professor Baker for reminding of how to be one of the GREAT ones!

Published on October 08, 2014

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