I pray for wisdom and for grace
To help with challenges I face.
On days when the going has been tough
I pray that I’ve tried hard enough.
Students, when I look at you
I’ll see more than the work you do.
And on the days you’re calling out
I’ll see it’s your youth that’s spilling out.
I pray to be a teacher who
Other teachers look up to:
A leader, a fighter, and a friend
With courage to begin again.
To accept the things that I’ve done wrong
But when I’m right, to hold on strong.
To know what’s best and get it done.
To teach with humor and with fun.
To take the time on a hectic day
To find my center and to pray.
To take the lessons and make them art.
To teach each day with an open heart.
Jennifer Kleinknecht has been the media specialist at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School since 2007. She writes about life as a school librarian on her blog, “The ‘Yes’ Librarian”. (Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash)