The Calling

I find myself in this place of awe and wonder. I wholeheartedly believe that education/teaching is a calling. While many can teach or are in education, not all have been called and anointed to do it. I ran away from the calling for years before I accepted it in 2015. I grew frustrated at what I believed to be the politics in education, when in reality it was warfare that was attached to breaking generational cycles off of the youth. In 2017, I found myself running again. I was done with the classroom; I was mentally drained and exhausted from trying to fight battles that were not mine to fight to begin with. There was this tug on my heart that I needed to be doing anything, anywhere that involved me making an impact in the lives of children.

I thought to myself, well what if I get into the nonprofit sector, maybe that would fill this burning desire and ache in my passion. What if I help other educators see what I see and assist children in bondage? Only to realize, the ‘politics’ are everywhere. Then, I took a step back and realized that I am my most passionate, purposeful, peaceful, and impactful when I teach to empower, teach to cultivate, teach to inspire, and teach to establish/confirm my student’s identity. In the classroom is where it’s never about me, never about status, never about an applaud, but all about God getting the glory. I serve in humility, not desiring anything in return.

I believe that as an educator; God has anointed me to change the lives of my students, shift atmospheres, and be a light in the lives of those that I encounter. He’s given me dreams and visions that align with what he has called me to do, but first I have to stop running. Prior to this pandemic, there was a huge tug on my heart in this area, and I felt like it was pulling me backwards. Only to realize, it’s bringing me full circle. During this pandemic, I stopped running and I started praying. I challenge you to surrender to the call, The Educator’s Call.

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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