Teachers on Teaching

"I love teaching at Baylor because I can't think of any other job that could make me this happy."

"Why do I love teaching at Baylor? I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that my reasons are purely selfish. I wish I could say I do it for the good of society and all that, but I love teaching here because it makes me happy.

I'm happy here because working with students keeps me young. Oh, sure, my body gets slower and creakier every year. But working with these students refreshes my attitude and brightens my outlook. I'm not trying to be just like them, you understand. To the contrary, I secretly hope they might try to be a little more like me. But they prevent me from taking myself too seriously.

I also love teaching here because my colleagues are the finest anywhere. Experts in their fields, they transfer their own excitement to their students and athletes. And they never stop learning and innovating. My science colleagues, for example, are always improving their courses to accommodate advances in research and technology. They clone trees in genetics classes, develop forensic science courses, work at improving local water quality, and demonstrate physics on amusement park rides. The list goes on. Quite aside from their professional talents, these people are just plain fun to be around. Eating lunch with them, for example, is a highlight of my day. We talk about movies, sports, books, politics, and everything else. They make me laugh so much it's a wonder I'm able to eat anything. I get to spend all day with my best friends. How great of a job is that?

Teaching at Baylor also makes me happy because the setting is so beautiful. Years ago when I was still in the Air Force, I regularly drove by an exclusive prep school in New England that looked like it was straight out of a movie. Every time I glanced at those stately brick buildings up on the hill I wistfully thought, 'I would give anything to teach at a school like that some day.' Well, as you can probably guess, that school can't compare to Baylor. This is the most eye-watering campus I've ever seen. People often say our setting and facilities are better than those you'll find at most small colleges. They often say that because it's true.

Finally, I love teaching at Baylor because it motivates me to try harder. What could be more inspiring than to see a sixth grader run her heart out in a cross country race? Or to hear the band play a symphony as one? Or to watch a wrestler lose a crucial match and still show good sportsmanship? Or to observe a student have a "Eureka" moment in a science lab? Or to see students go off to community service every day? I don't have to watch some sappy Hollywood movie to motivate me. Inspiration is all around me, every day.

Simply put, I love teaching at Baylor because I can't think of any other job that could make me this happy."

Scott Dering
Science Teacher
Upper School

SCOTT DERING

"I love teaching at Baylor because it motivates me to try harder. What could be more inspiring than to see a sixth grader run her heart out in a cross country race? Or to hear the band play a symphony as one? Or to watch a wrestler lose a crucial match and still show good sportsmanship? Or to observe a student have a "Eureka" moment in a science lab? Or to see students go off to community service every day? I don't have to watch some sappy Hollywood movie to motivate me. Inspiration is all around me, every day."