May 17, 2017
From the desk of Dr. Terry L. Simpson...
Since you have now completed your final exam at Maryville College, may you have a wonderful celebration with those who care deeply about you and your future. We have worked hard together to make you the best teacher that you can possibly be, but it is now squarely on your shoulders. We have equipped you to be a leader and not a follower.
When you finally receive your official Maryville College degree, please remember that no one owes you anything. Rather, you are obligated. You are one of the 10% of the world’s population with a college degree. You are obligated to make a positive difference in the world around you. You are obligated to be unconditionally dedicated to our children. A wise teacher once said, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
When you begin teaching in the fall, just remember, we will be teaching with you. When you are faced with one of those overwhelming situations, pause and reflect on what we taught you. A few years ago, one of our graduates, during her first year of teaching, sent me the following text message, “Dr. Simpson, remind me why I wanted to be a teacher.” We are only a text message or email away.
When you are named “Teacher of the Year,” you must call Dr. Orren, Dr. Lucas, Dr. Mertz or me before you call your mother.
Finally, for the last time, and this one is good for a lifetime, “Bless you my children.”
Dr. Terry L. Simpson
Director of Teacher Education