Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

A Blog for Teachers
by Mary Jean Powers

Celebrating the Journey Part 3 – An Interview on 50 Years of Teaching

Aug 9, 2022

“Traveling, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta

This year I am celebrating my 50th year as a teacher! As part of my anniversary celebration, I recorded a 3-part interview about my career and the changes I have seen in education over 50 years. This post features the third and final interview in the series during which I summarize principles I’ve learned through the decades, and concludes with some international story telling. I think you’ll enjoy it and I’d love to hear your feedback! Email


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!