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Day 15: Karen Simpson, Teacher and Parent (South Park Elementary)

September 26, 2012

As a teacher and parent, myself, I believe that the relationship between all of the adults involved in a student’s educational career are immensely important. I was shown this poem when my oldest son was in Kindergarten and it spoke to me regarding the relationship.

Guiding Hand

I dreamed I stood in a studio

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a child’s mind

And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher – the tools she used

Were books, music and art.

The other, a parent worked with guidinghands,

And a gentle, loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher worked with touch

That was deft and sure.

While the parent, standing by her side

Polished and smoothed it over.

And when their last task was done,

They were pleased of what they hadwrought,

For the things they had molded into the child,

Could never be sold nor bought.

Both agreed they would have failed

If each had worked alone,

For behind the teacher stood the school

And behind the parent, the home.

 ~Author unknown

Bio: Karen Simpson is a teacher and parent in the Delta School District. She has been teaching for 5 years and believes that for a student to be the most successful teachers and parents should have good communication and common goals for the child.

Hand photo from aarongilson

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jane permalink
    September 26, 2012 4:49 pm

    I just loved reading your post! The poem is beautiful.

  2. Anna Maria permalink
    October 30, 2012 5:12 pm

    Beautiful poem Karen. I use this at the beginning of the year too 🙂

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