Why I Teach: ‘I teach because I love people’

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Desiree Brewer, middle and high school history teacher at Wilson Christian Academy, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Years teaching: 12

First teaching position: Wilson Christian Academy

Colleges attended: Pensacola Christian College in Florida

Favorite quote: “As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. When it’s cool he wants it hot — always wanting what it’s not.” — My dad. I am sure he got it from someone, but we heard it weekly growing up, and as an adult I realize it applies to almost every area of life.

Other interesting facts: The almost 12 years my husband and I have lived in Wilson is the longest place either one of us has ever lived at one time. I grew up bouncing back and forth between the United States and Europe. Originally an Army brat, our travels continued when my dad started working for a Swedish company. I went to high school in Germany, my parents were in Ireland while I was in college, and it is part of why I love teaching world history. I can tell my students firsthand what the places we are talking about look like and show them pictures of being at the Louvre or standing near a World War II battleground.

Why I teach: First and foremost, I teach because I truly believe this is what God has called me to do. He has given me the ability, or rather the desire, to want to talk nonstop, and teaching fits that gift perfectly. Secondly, I teach because I love people. I love the daily interaction not only with my fellow teachers but with my students as well. As I mentioned before, we now call Wilson home, and being in a place for as long as we have been here and being able to call it home is something I have never been able to do. I used to dread the “Where are you from?” question because for my family the answer was never a simple city or state, it was our whole background. I have lived in 14 houses in three countries, but now I can proudly say “I am from Wilson, North Carolina,” and I love it. Wilson Christian Academy was my first school, and I pray the Lord intends for it to be the only school where I teach. My kids come to work with me; I call their teachers some of my closest friends, and they are my second family. The families I come into contact with, the students who I teach, they are all a part of my story, and that makes coming into work each morning more than worth it. I can make a student’s day. I can help a student reach his or her potential. I can help a family in time of need. I can be there when one of my volleyball players has had a bad day. I can give advice and counsel because I am a teacher. Many doors have opened for me to reach into the lives of students, and that is why I love to teach. Do I hope my students find a love and a passion for history? Absolutely. But more than that, I hope they see Christ through me and desire to have the same relationship in their life because they saw something in the way I led my life. You never know what someone is going through so treat them with kindness always. I love my job. I love the people I work with, and I love the students who walk our hallways.