A couple of Sundays ago our Pastor was talking about new people that come into the church and why they might stay. He was saying that some have told him that it just “feels” right. As I sat there listening my mind started to wander. I know, I know, that never happens to you during sermons, right? Well, my mind wandered and I started thinking about how I have heard many, many people say that they toured a lot of Preschools but when they walked into ours that it just “felt” right. I have always wondered exactly what that meant and how did our school hit the magic “feelings” button.
When I first started here at the Preschool in 1995 as Music and Movement teacher, I didn’t know that I was walking into a school that was having some deep problems. Within my first year of teaching here I got right in the middle of a feud between the teachers and the Director. Many of the teachers were wanting to go behind the back of the Director and go to the Administrative Board of the church to talk about some of the problems they were having. I wasn’t very happy about that and wanted the teachers to talk directly to the Director and try to work out their differences. I was on the phone a lot after hours just trying to talk to people and hear their concerns and see if we couldn’t fix the problem. Needless to say, the year was not the most pleasant one of my career.
When I became the Director I made a promise that we would all try to work in harmony with one another since we were all sisters in Christ and part of God’s family. We were called to love one another and work out our differences according to the Matthew 18 principle that I have tried to live by and have challenged and required my teachers to live by.
Here I am going on my 17th year as Director and I am still being told that people “feel” a difference when they walk in the door. Is it because we honor God here at our school? Is it because we try to love each other in spite of the problems we face each day? Is it because when that parent walks through the door they are not treated like just a client of ours but like a member of our family? I like to think it is all of the above and more.
So, now when someone says our school “feels” different, I just smile and thank God that I get to work in a place where we make a difference and where the families feel secure in leaving their children here.
We love our families! I think people know that…even just when they walk through the door.
Have a great day!