Of all the technological breakthroughs in the modern world, the invention I’d like most is a device that would let parents see into their children’s future. You know, it is hardly possible for a mother to imagine her young child as a high schooler, let alone as an adult or a parent.
Yet, often I think many teachers are able to look into the future. They can see how today’s foundation in learning can shape a child’s life.
Teachers see the long trajectory of life. At our school, the passion a student brings to the hundred board, the bow frame, music class, or the map of South America is carried with him or her forever. A lifetime of learning, growing, caring, and loving is nurtured here.
This morning, I watched a student in Mrs. John’s class unfurl his One Thousand Roll. Over the course of many days, Lazarus had created one continuous strip of paper with each number from one to a thousand. As the roll stretched 40 feet down the hall, I could see the pride in his eyes. And I realized that behind those eyes is a greater sense of confidence and competence. The lesson he learned: that success comes from perseverance — “I can do it.”
Our school, Evergreen is making a difference in the lives of students like Lazarus, as it has done for the past generations of students that came before him. And if I had a “future-seeing” device I’d see the next generation of Evergreen students. I would see how our decisions and actions today will secure the school’s future for tomorrow’s children.
Everything grows, like Raffi sings. It is a blessing to be part of the process.
John DeMarchi is Head of School at Evergreen School in the Silver Spring, Kensington and Wheaton area. Evergreen serves children age 2 to grade three and uses the Montessori method of education. Evergreen was founded in 1964.