Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Cynthia Butler
Congratulations to Cynthia Butler! After applying to the university and writing an essay on the theme of “My students taught me this,” Cynthia earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients.
Her essay about compassion and patience in the face of adversity is a shining example of life lessons in the classroom we all could learn from. “My students have shown me how to love what others may see as the unlovable and to never give up even when it seems impossible,” she wrote. Learn more about Cynthia and read her full essay below.
Name: Cynthia Butler
Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Major: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
What inspired you to pursue your master’s at Concordia University-Portland?
“After teaching for ten years I am ready to take my career to the next level. My daughter is also pursuing her master’s degree at this time and has inspired me to join her in becoming a student again.”
‘My Students Taught Me This’ Essay
Her name is Dezy, and she has taught me compassion and patience. Oh how she has taught me patience.
This is Dezy’s first time being placed in a foster home and in a mainstream classroom. Her previous experiences have contributed to her angry and defensive demeanor. Bit by bit I have tried to chisel away the wall that surrounds this seven-year-old girl.
Every now and then Dezy will throw a tantrum and begin hitting herself or pulling her hair. She will sometimes throw herself to the ground if things don’t go her way but with a lot of patience and love these fits have become less frequent and less violent.
I get a glimpse of the wonderful child she is when she hugs me in greeting each morning and smiles. This encourages me to not give up on her as I was told by her natural father others had done. She has been in five schools in two and a half years.
I have a rule in my class that our classroom is our home away from home and we need to treat each other like family. With this idea firmly planted in the classroom community I have tried to create, my students have welcomed Dezy with open arms and she has slowly made friends and begun to fit in for perhaps the first time in her young life.
My students have shown me how to love what others may see as the unlovable and to never give up even when it seems impossible.