Friday Two Cents: Veni, Vidi, Vici.


Recently I had the opportunity to work as a Long tern occasional (LTO) teacher in a grade 1 class. I have been at this school for several years and I have worked in many different classrooms with many amazing people. From the moment I came into the school I was welcomed by the staff and into the classrooms with the students.  I saw they needed help and I provided the best I could.  This was the last week with the students in the class because they have a replacement person for the position I was filling.  Of course I am a bit saddened to be leaving, but it is good that these students have a steady person to be with them and sometimes change is good. 

I said the same to the teachers but they all said that I have been a steady and positive presence to the children.  I guess I just thought of myself as someone providing help in any way I could to a difficult situation.  After two months it has been a bit trying at times but I just saw what needed to be done and just did it.
Yet the teachers said I did more than that.  I was even approached by many parents who said the same things and also wrote letters and made calls on my behalf to the superintendent and others about the job I have done and for me to stay on. They also mentioned that the children would miss me, and what I bring to them. I guess I captured their imaginations and helped to inspire them. I did not expect this and my response was of course gratitude and a heart-felt thank you to all of them.


I never really thought about it in those terms.  I knew the students will miss me, but they will move on.  Also the routines I established where just things I put into place for everyone’s benefit, I was just doing my job. The class and routines will go on without me, maybe even improved upon in my absence.  Who knows? 
I told a few that I was like Superman, coming in and lending a helping hand, then moving on.  They laughed that my statement was aptly put. 
Next week I move on as a supply teacher again in this school or other schools with new students, staff and challenges.  I go into this new adventure knowing that I did some good in the school.  That knowledge makes me feel good about what I have done and it helps me to look forward to the challenges that await me. 
I would imagine the quote from Julius Caesar is appropriate for my past two months,

‘Veni, vidi, vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.’ Julius Caesar 

Hopefully this knowledge can continue to inspire me in the new adventures that await me.



2 Responses to Friday Two Cents: Veni, Vidi, Vici.

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    I was so sorry to hear that you’re not staying on. This is one time when playing by the rules sucks. Hopefully you can get enough seniority soon so this doesn’t happen again.

    • Paul Gauchi says:

      Thank you. Rules are rules and no matter what happens people abide by them. I am looking at this as a learning experience and wherever I go hopefully this experience will help me.

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