In 1989 I was told 'don't ever teach, you are hopeless at it' Lynn Morrison reports as she graduates in this year’s AC Masters of Teaching Award.
I came to Alphacrucis with a whole lot of baggage regarding Tertiary learning and tertiary institutions.
My first tertiary experience of achieving my teaching degree, for which I was so passionate and had such of strong sense of call, left me devastated when after four years of learning, I was told 'don't ever teach, you are hopeless at it'.
Lynn was doing her final internship as a young graduate and soon realized that she was ‘set up’ in one of the worst schools to fulfil their own verdict that she was ‘hopeless.’ School supervisory staff were primed to watch out for her every fault. Needless to say, Lynn faltered and ready to drop out, spoke to the Dean of Education. She was told ‘You can defer if you like, just don't ever teach!’
I walked away from the dream and the calling for a couple of years until God made a way for me to teach in a school, who saw my heart, gifting and call to teach. He has once again orchestrated a way, through Alphacrucis and your compassion as learning leaders, to open tertiary learning for the completing of the good work of equipping me for the calling and the fulfilling of his purposes. I am able to dream again of the possibilities that God has for me, hopefully as an 'influencer' in Christian education.
I am thankful that God connects people to our hearts who just understand us and spur us on to be the best that we can be.
Lynn did become a teacher -- and more! She has recently left her position as Head of Teaching and Learning at Mackay Christian College (Qld), to become Principal at Bairnsdale Christian College (Vic).