Column: Need to build communities of grace, gratitude through education

What if everyone in our society were to receive the opportunity to become college educated? What would our communities look like and feel like, then? People could benefit from a college education not only for the elite — but for anyone who so desires. This is a beautiful thought, right? It’s also the beauty of the community college.

Over the past five and a half years, I have taught more than 50 sections of English across five counties, and this year, I was honored with Ivy Tech’s regional Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. This was an honor, indeed, because I was nominated by my students — students who, like me, may never have received a college education without the opportunities afforded by a community college.

I work another job to make ends meet, and I have family members and friends who often wonder why I keep myself, frequently too busy to socialize. Undeniably, I have had to learn a thing or two about juggling. But, teaching is a delight for me, so I choose to juggle. It is a choice.

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