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A Positive Email

October 29, 2014
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

Email is a two edged sword. It is a quick convenient way to communicate. You don’t have to dial the phone to do it or wait for someone to answer. If the recipient is not on line at the time, you know they will get the message the next time they log on. Sometimes it can be a detriment, like when you are really upset and fire one off before you have had the chance to cool off or really think things through. It’s a great tool for covering the miles between people who are not able to live in the same proximity.

Christian school administrators and teachers get a wide variety of emails. Some can be negative (ok, many can be negative) but some can change the mood of your day when you open them. I recently received one from one of last year’s graduates, Jordyn Bench. Jordyn is a freshman at Southeastern University in Lakeland. She took the time to write down her thoughts about her experience here at Indian Rocks and I would like to share them with you.

Hello Mr. Banse,
I just wanted to say a huge thanks for all you have done at Indian Rocks. When I was a student there, I always thought I appreciated all the teachers and what they did for me. But now as a graduate of Indian Rocks, I am able to see all that I took for granted. As I am talking to many different people here at Southeastern, they just did not get the high school experience that I did. They did not get to go on mission trips, sit through chapels every week, or have teachers that poured into then like most of my teachers did.  If I did not go to Irc I do not know where I would be today. My faith started to become my own in high school, and it allowed me to have a solid foundation going into college. The cross country team had a lot to do with that as well. I became a whole different person for the Lord. I love Southeastern it really is such a faith based school and have met some amazing people. I love my cross country team and we definitely work hard. I just wanted to thank you for all you have done.

On a side note, I just wanted to brag on Mr. Futoran for a minute.  I am currently in a worldview class and I have this big paper coming up that is due. I know he has a huge heart for apologetics, so I contacted him and asked him if he had any packets on morality, creation, and just who God is. He went above and beyond and typed me this three page thing with information and sent several attachments. He is always asking the graduates for prayer requests and then follows up with us after he prays for them. He also would also ask the cross country team what the Lord was doing in our lives and kept us accountable. I know he has made a GIANT influence in all my friend’s life.

I have come to the realization that being a teacher is not just about teaching the material in the classroom, although that is very important, it is about being a lasting influence in the students life. You may not remember all the material that they taught but you will remember the character and how they transformed you from the inside out, because they were leading like Jesus. I feel that a teacher’s success may not always have worldly success, but they have something far greater. They have the opportunity to change lives for Christ daily. I am reading a book called Lead Like Jesus and it says, " Scripture teaches that true success is the fulfillment of the life mission God planned for you. Your success in life depends on your relationship with Christ and what level of control you will let Him have in your life."

Hope this encouraged you!,
Jordyn Bench (aka Your Hero)

First let me say that this was an unsolicited email that Jordyn sent - that makes it even more special. In the last paragraph, the depth of her insight into what a teacher does is nothing short of amazing. In just over 100 words or so, she succinctly stated why we do what we do. If we were to write a commercial to advertise the school, we couldn’t do any better than this letter. This type of email is a great encouragement to our whole staff. When you get an email like this one, it keeps you going for a long time.

Jordyn, thank you for your great words, and for taking the time to share your heart with our school family. You are still my hero!