By Reid Kerr - email
LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - The first day of school can be as tough on the new teachers as it is on the new students.
"I was pretty nervous when I walked into class, nervous and excited," Lindale first-year Spanish teacher Daniel Devisscher admitted. "Actually last night, I didn't get any sleep. I was rolling around in bed, I was really excited about getting to meet my students. I was hoping maybe I could instill in them a reason for learning Spanish as an example."
Devisscher actually graduated from Lindale, and admits he wasn't a great Spanish student. However, on a mission trip to Peru, he realized how important knowing another language was.
"We went into some tribes where no one had ever been before, and found people and brought them out. We recorded Biblical stories through Biblical conceptualization, but the center language was in Spanish."
Ten years later, he returns to Lindale High School to pass on his lessons and his experience.
"You don't necessarily know where you're going to end up, or where you'll be working, or what you'll be doing exactly," Devisscher explained. "You want to equip yourself with a mastery of as many subjects as you can. I think to teach well, you've got to teach from the heart about something you're passionate about. Those two things that are creating the ability for students to be very successful."
The first-day jitters eventually subsided for Devisscher, just like they did when he was in his student's shoes.