I used some of my recent rash of free time to catch up on my reading of “The Williams Magazine.” I came across the “At a Glance” feature that offered this prompt: An Unexpected way an Eph impacted my life as an alum is…

I would complete it the following way: My first job after Williams was as a kindergarten assistant teacher. The lead teacher was an amazing teacher; to this day she is the best teacher I have ever seen in a classroom. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn what it was like to be a teacher by being alongside such a pro. The added advantage was that I didn’t have to handle any of the classroom management. I spent most of the year being the “fun” teacher, which I excelled at. However, when the the lead teacher took a week off for her wedding, I was in charge . . . ¬†and things did not go well.

About a month later, I was talking to an Eph who had held my job the previous year. She offered the following advice, “Do not be afraid to tell the kids, “No” – they will still like you.” This simple but very true advice was the most important lesson I learned during my first year of teaching. It seems strange to say but this small interaction was a major step in my professional growth.

How would you complete: An Unexpected way an Eph impacted my life as an alum is…

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