A Word From Mr. Satterly—May 9, 2019

Dear WA Community,

Everyone has a favorite teacher. For some, it was the person who challenged you the most and held you accountable to your potential. For others, it was the one who saw in you a quality no one else previously had and inspired you. And yet for others, it was simply a kind, patient, approachable person who made time for you.

This week is the time when we reflect on our influences as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Those who take on the role of “teacher” rarely consider it just a job, but a calling. Earlier this week, I reminded our faculty about the importance of what they do. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, “And in the church, God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles…” Note the order Paul lays out—Peter and his ilk, Elijah and those folks, then those who teach. Wow! That’s a big deal.

Our teachers are the greatest variable of the 16,000-hour proposition here at Westminster Academy. With nearly 50 years behind us, we can attest that God has used our faculty to influence the future. I hope you have taken the opportunity to show your appreciation this week. By the endless platters of food, flowers, and gift baskets flowing past our gate, I would say many have been blessed for being a blessing to our community.

I am proud to serve with these individuals. This year I’ve asked a lot of them, and they have responded. Together, we’ve dealt with challenges and explored opportunity. I pray they are blessed and feel affirmed this week.

Grace and peace,

Joel T. Satterly