Reflections of an Alum Scott Filleman (06)
My wife and I married after our freshman year, and we were on our own financially. Music education classes filled my days and moving boxes at UPS filled the nights. Classes began at the same time I got off work, a 30-minute drive away.
My professors gave me grace for this. At a university where class attendance is highly valued, they took time to genuinely care about me, learned my story, and made some exceptions for me to constantly arrive late, or sometimes not at all (without adjusting expectations for quality work or extending deadlines).
Teaching in a Title 1, inner city school, riddled with gang influences, I became keenly aware that students had a whole world attacking them. The sensitivity my OC professors showed me became a driving force in my bands at Santa Fe South. We had a phrase we said often, “Do the best you can with what you have in that moment.” We never let contest results get in the way of honoring and respecting the fact that we are all people, we all have struggles, and we can all help each other.
Now I’m teaching at Oklahoma Christian Academy where students don’t have the same physical threats, but I’m aware of social and emotional needs. In our social media society, students scream out in desperate loneliness. Inspired by professors’ examples, I strive to know students as a person, to talk face-to-face, to ask questions beyond the classroom.
My faith impacts everything I do: placed in the only truth this world has ever known, reflected in everything that exists, and explained in simple terms to anyone. A biblical example exists for everything I need to explain and I share these freely at OCA. In previous schools, phrases like “imagine if ...” and “what kind of courage would you need to ...” replaced “Remember when Jesus ...” or “The example that Paul gave …”
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