Friday, April 9, 2010

An Amazing Gift

My wife has a truly amazing gift.  She can tap into the minds of children, she feels their needs and knows their wants.  She senses their insecurities and understands the roadblocks that stand in the way of their learning and progression.  I've mentioned before how her and I teach the Sunbeams (3 and 4 year olds) together in our church.  My job is mainly to be crowd control, as well as the assistant in getting her materials or playing music while she's teaching.  Her job is to let her gift flow.  These little children are captivated by her as she teaches them.  Yes, they are still children and get distracted, but they love to listen to her, and they love to excitedly tell their parents what they learned about afterward.

Of course, Robyn has selected a profession that fits very well with her gift.  She teaches second grade, and she loves those kids so much.  Each night at dinner she tells me her concerns about this child or that.  She tells me what she sees as their road blocks.  She excitedly tells me of their victories when they overcome something that has been difficult for them.

I don't have the opportunity to see her shine in her classroom setting because I am at my own job.  But recently, Robyn received an honor from her principal, who does get a chance to see her at work and evaluate her.  He nominated her as "The Burt Brothers Teacher That Does It Better" This is a contest sponsored by several local radio stations, and is designed to honor the teachers that really go above and beyond the call of duty in improving their classrooms and helping the children.

It is an honor for Robyn just to be nominated.  But I really want to see Robyn win.  If she wins, she gets to drive the above vehicle for two years (can you see Robyn in that awesomeness?) She also gets $1000 to buy supplies for her classroom.  Imagine all the great books she could buy to help give her kids an even greater love of reading.  Please help her win by going to and voting for her. (You will have to create a account if you don't have one, but it's free and you can uncheck the box that says you will receive emails.)

I am awed by her gift, and I would love to see her honored.  Thanks for your help.


  1. Robyn does dominate. I appreciate how good she does at understanding what everyone is feeling, especially when that person is me. Thanks Robyn, I hope you dominate the contest.

  2. Thank you my love! I couldn't do it without you to support me and listen to me talk every night. I love you!

  3. I'm still waiting for the verification email, but I'm going to help! Way to go, Robyn!! Hope you win!

  4. Robyn does a great job of teaching. I hope you win, too.

  5. Robyn's got my vote! I want a ride in that cool car!


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