Today’s #teacherhero is Tim Johnson, Pickens County Teacher of the Year. Tim teaches Agriculture and Business Education at Liberty Highschool. Here’s a bit of his story in his own words:
“I began to realize at a young age that teaching was the calling in my life. This was evident in the time spent in both of my parents’ classrooms, where I admired the difference they made in their students’ lives. I chose to follow an early career path in horticulture, while constantly seeking opportunities to teach. It wasn’t until I had obtained success in what I perceived as my dream career as a horticulturist for the City of Clemson that I realized it was time to follow the calling of my life in becoming a teacher.
Greeting each of my students as they enter my classroom is the most satisfying part of my day! It is amazing how uplifting it is to see a student smile as they enter my classroom, and it is during these moments that I can develop relationships with the students I teach.
The hardest part of being a teacher is seeing a student drop out of school. It is heartbreaking when you can’t reach a student in your classroom and school. Though you may have done everything you could as a teacher for this student, it does leaves you reflecting on what you could have done differently. I find this reflection motivates me to make sure each of my other students graduate!
I would tell someone who was considering entering the teaching profession, ‘there is a world of opportunities awaiting you. Teaching is one of the few careers that if you can overcome the challenges and embrace the opportunities, you have the potential to change the world through the students you teach.’ The relationships I develop with my students and peers is without a doubt the thing that I love the most about teaching.”