Hiring a Dreamer by Julie Kellogg

I wish I had a picture of Julie, but I don't. The closest I could find was one of me laughing. How is that related to Julie? Julie has the gift of making others around her feel loved, accepted, and before you know it, you're laughing.  She is that bubbly one that you love to be around. I had the honor of teaching with Julie and now she has given me the honor of sharing this with you. You will see that she also has the gift of weaving words together so beautifully that they will touch your heart.  I can just see her face in the interview! I don't think of that year as Julie's last year teaching. She continues to teach everyone who knows her!

I remember this day. ...and the day I was told I'd be teaching middle school math. I was terrified, and hoped it didn't show in my face since I was actually in the interview for the position. What came out of my mouth was, "I can do anything!" followed with the thought in my mind of 'Who said that?'; because that wasn't how *I* felt at the moment. It's amazing how God puts things together. I always struggled in math...heck, I'll just be real, I struggled in school. I struggled because I was more interested in writing the books than reading them, living the dreams I was told to dream but condemned for dreaming, I wanted to hold and admire the beauty of the butterfly and frog, not cut them up to see what was inside….my mind wandered to things it only knew of. I remember my fourth grade teacher telling me how much he hated dreamers, and gave many reasons why, then followed up with "You're a dreamer." and walked away. I couldn't imagine being a dreamer was bad because the dreams I dreamt, awake or not, were stunning. Whether we're a teacher, or have chosen a different profession, we need to encourage children to dream, to have adventures, to love unconditionally, and marvel in the perfection of being exactly who they really are. We shouldn't expect anyone to fit into a mold, especially when that mold is formed by earthly hands.
So I taught math that year, and for the first time in my life I understood exponents and the order of operations ...not only in math, but life itself. You see, God knew what I needed for my last teaching experience, and so He instructed the Universe to set that into motion and deliver it. I think every day of the kids I met that year, and all the things *they* taught me. I will forever be grateful.

                                                                                                         Julie Kellogg
                                                                                                  "The Tarnished Spoon"

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