Monday, August 15, 2011

First Days of School

 Classroom is ready...

I'm ready...

I know many people all over the world were thinking of me and praying for me this past week as I began teaching.  Thank you so much!  Your prayers were answered.  I was a bit nervous on Monday morning, but it was just the usual first day jitters. :)  My first day went very smoothly.  I have a class of just 11 students!  I am thankful my class is small at the moment because their English levels vary quite a bit.  I definitely have my work cut out for me as far as trying to meet their individual needs.  That part will be the most challenging part to me.  I thought many of you would get a kick out of a question I was asked by one of my students at the end of the first day.  "Miss Verdi why do you talk like a cowboy?"  I guess he picked up on my southern accent!  LOL  I'm also guessing that the only time he has heard a southern accent is from watching movies...maybe Toy Story?  I don't know.  There may be 9 Khmer and 2 Korean students with a southern accent by the end of this school year. :)

I would have to say the highlight of my week was being able to freely talk about God in my classroom.  I must say it was quite unusual starting each day with a Bible story and later in the week having a student remind me that we needed to pray before going to lunch.  I definitely enjoyed being able to share Jesus with them and know that that will continue to be a highlight of each day for me.

So I have survived the first week.  It was very busy as I basically was just planning one day at a time which for those of you who know me well know that is difficult for me.  I am not a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person.  I like to plan in advance.  However, I feel that God is teaching me to really put my full trust in Him each day knowing that He is going to take care of me and will give me the wisdom that I need for the present day.


  1. Love this Maria... You will have them talking like cowboys in no time! Your classroom looks great. It is so neat and organized (I wouldn't expect any thing less!). It sounds like your first week went well. I hope the weeks to come only get better!

  2. I am so happy for you, Maria. I knew you would take something so different and get it under control in no time. You are a take charge kind of gal - I love that about you! So glad too that you can freely talk about God- what an opportunity - can't wait to share His message with my kids myself this year at my new Christian school. Your classroom looks amazing - kinda reminds me of your old one, in some ways. Never thought about you as a cowboy, though! Too funny. Keep em' coming!

  3. YAY!! Tell all the kids I say HI and miss them! So glad the first week went well! :)