Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

A Blog for Teachers
by Mary Jean Powers

Celebrating the Journey – An Interview on 50 Years of Teaching

Mar 14, 2022

“Education is an invitation to endless possibility.
When eternal principles are taught, doors to hope and transformation fly open!”

Mary Jean Powers

I’m very excited to share a personal milestone with you ~ this year I am celebrating my 50th year as a teacher! Perhaps the most amazing thing is that I’ve never grown tired of teaching. I never wished for a different career. Honestly, with 50 years of teaching experience both domestically and internationally, I know of no greater honor or joy than to teach. As part of my anniversary celebration, I recorded a 3-part interview about my career and the changes I’ve seen in education over 50 years. These interviews will be released as the next three blog posts. This post features Part 1 ~ I hope you enjoy it!

About Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

I am a teacher. You, too? I hope you love the profession as much as I do! I was 16 when I got my first teaching gigs – I had 20 private piano students and a Sunday School class of 4 and 5-year olds! At that point in my “career,” my definition of teacher was very limited. But now – after 45+ years of experience – I have come to realize that teacher can mean many different things. I’d like to share some of those insights with you! My posts will range from quotes to prayers, from cartoons to words of wisdom. Much of my teaching experience has been international, so you'll get to watch some video stories from around the globe. Jesus is the best Teacher I know, so I will be including Him in this blog, as well. I hope my thoughts and my story will encourage, provoke, and inspire you to become the teacher you’ve been created to be!

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Mary Jean Powers

Mary Jean Powers

B.A. in Christian Education
M.A. in Biblical Studies
Music teacher (band and choir director, private instruction) for 35 years
International Bible teacher for 17+ years
Certified Walk Thru the Bible instructor
Certified TESL International Instructor
CEU Provider for ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)
Certified Life Coach and Chaplain

Who am I? A teacher coming alongside teachers!