I am a teacher, trying to help you understand life is filled with trouble; problems on every hand. I am a teacher, feeling the pain of frustration 'cause I know you can't make it riding on the wings of a song. I don't profess to have all the answers, this I never claimed. I only want to share that which I do know, so our lives won't be in vain. I am a teacher, please believe me when I say, I'm giving you my all to make our world a better place. I am your father and mother in a unique sort of way. I understand when no one else seems to. I'm always near when you need me; just call. I'll be there. I move to help when one of you cries. I'm hurt when one of you fall. I'm so proud when you reach your elusive goals, I feel joy as you stride, head high, across that stage with that credential in your hand. I am a teacher, a plain and ordinary man. I'll hold the candle through your tunnels of darkness, please let me take your hand. I'm just a teacher, feeling tired, abused, and spent. Just when I'm ready to give this all up, your “Thank you” comes Heaven sent. I'm just a teacher living just above poverty... a small price to pay if your success comes from what you see in me. I'm just a teacher, my friends don't understand why or how. Let's say that I'm investing in our future...by being here for you now.