Meet Elbert Fin
Today I came with my husband to the MMEA conference in Tan-Tar-A. Although he has retired from teaching, he enjoys coming, seeing old friends and listening to the concerts. I have come with him most years. For some reason, this year I was flooded with emotions and amazing memories.
During my teaching career God opened the door for me to share teaching ideas with other teachers. I would never have dreamed of the doors he would open for me. As I walked past the salons, the rooms seemed huge. For a moment I saw myself in the front of the room talking with all my heart and strength to an overflow room of people.
Over the years, I presented for the National, State, and District Gifted Conferences, Conference on the Young Years, MSTA Conferences, NEA Conferences and the Interface Math and Science Conferences. I am still amazed!
One year I was scheduled to speak at the Conference on the Young Years. I arrived to find my conference room was the lodge which is just down the hill from the main conference building. I shared with my husband that I thought it would be a small crowd since it was away from the main events. What I didn’t know is that the conference had organized with Parents as Teachers that year and the crowd was too large for the number of sessions. I was also nervous because we had a new principal that year and I was pretty sure she would attend my workshop.
As the people began to string in a few at a time they were not just a bit upset, they were angry. Many had signed up for workshops and due to overcrowding, did not get to go to their session or had to stand if they did. I began to pray. “Lord, bring a calm to this storm and give me wisdom to know how to handle it.” The rumbling was only getting louder. How was I to entertain such a disgruntled crowd. And to add a little stress I spotted my principal seated about halfway back. The room was completely full by starting time and people were standing in the back.
I began my presentation. I soon felt the energy in the room change from negative to positive. The hour went quickly as I presented one idea after another. It was a great day and lots of wonderful feedback at the end of the presentation. God is so good!
During those years I created a number of teaching ideas and books. I still have a passion to create books. This week I put my efforts into another children’s book, “Meet Elbert Fin. The story was written by my son. He drew the illustrations and I painted them. A really fun story about a classroom pet’s first day of school.
Before leaving the conference today we made a delivery to my husband’s music teacher. He had written a letter of thanks to him for being an encourager and mentor to him through all his high school and teaching career. He included a copy of each of the children’s books we have publihsed. Each contain a part of a story that reflected the positive influence this teacher had on his life. So glad he had the opportunity to say thank you to his teacher, mentor and friend.