• Welcome to a new and exciting school year. This year I will serve as the EIP Teacher for Kindergarten and First Grade. I look forward to assisting these students, teachers, and parents in making an emormous impact on student achievement. I am also excited to have Mrs. Moffatt as a co-teacher facilitating with instruction. Parents, please feel free to check in the office and visit our classroom.

     

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    My Soul's Own Voice

    The old woman artist, mother of my mother, sat still

    beside a window in her studio.

    Looking out into the world beyond,

    she spoke to me in a soft, familiar hush like rustled grass.

    And in a litany borne of age and wisdom said ‑‑ as if to the air,

    the heavens and the shadows:

     

    “Luckily, I had some teachers

    who changed my life.

    They saw in me a child of wonder

    and of promise.

    For at that time of beginnings, it was an image

    I had pushed far away from myself.

    With gentleness and kindness

    they took me by my hand, and heart, and mind

    and led me through great doors

    too large for small children to open.

    They knew, beyond these doors, I would glimpse

    the image of my true self.

    There would be my destiny and the future visions

    of my imaginings.

    Through those portals of splendor,

    I met the flurried magic of art and music and

    the rhythmed words of ancients.

    There were such patterns, sounds and sights

    that struck me all but dumb in their resplendence.

    And in those special places were the surprises and

    connections to my inner self.

    Through the efforts of those dedicated few

    I entered new worlds of wonder and achievement,

    to find at last my soul’s own voice.

    It was they who let me look upon their magic mirrors,

    thus finding the vision of my special face.”

     

    Then she turned to me, smiling

    and pointing to her still wet wares,

    her prizes

    and the children of her imagination, said:

    “All of this has been possible because of them.

    My child, remember well,

    for you have chosen a profession

    that has great power.

    To teach,

    Learn to use that power well.”

     

    References

    My Soul's Own Voice - The Second Principle. (2018). Retrieved from https://thesecondprinciple.com/homepage/poetry-corner-poems-teaching-learning/souls-voice/

    Owen Wilson, Ed. D, L. (2018). My Soul's Own Voice - The Second Principle. Retrieved from https://thesecondprinciple.com/homepage/poetry-corner-poems-teaching-learning/souls-voice/

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    Johnie Burch, Ed.S
    Email: burchjo@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us
     
    Augment Teacher for Kindergarten and First Grade 
     
    Degrees and Endorsements:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
    Masters Degree in Curriculum and Design
    Specialist in Teaching and Learning
    Reading Endorsement
    Math Endorsement