The Poetorialist
APRIL 2012 Featured Poet

Terri Hall McCamy Middle School

Terri Hall
Every so often we come across an educator whose dedication to their students inspires us. These teachers go above and beyond the every day in providing pupils with engaging, innovative ways to learn.  

One such educator reached out to us in September of 2011, when her students began submitting work to My Word Wizard (MWW).  Her name is Terri Hall and she teaches at McCamey Middle School, in McCamey, Texas.

The editors of MWW are fervent believers in exposing students to poetry. It is usually not their genre of first choice, and it must compete with the likes of Harry Potter and Wii (yes, we like them too!).  We immediately talked with Terri about how we could collaborate for the benefit of her students.  

Together we developed an informal program that shined a spotlight on and recognized the achievements of the McCamey Middle School poets. We offered them an outlet to expose their works to a larger audience, and Terri guided them through the various poetry styles.

What we found most invigorating was that the students began to submit poetry outside the required classroom assignments. Once drawn in, many began to realize that they had a voice, and indeed had much to say.

It is our great honor to feature a wonderful poem by Terri Hall, which perfectly expresses her love for her vocation.

Learn more about McCamey, Texas at the City of McCamey Website, and about McCamey Middle School at the McCamey Middle School Website


My third grade teacher was an inspiration to me.
She treated us like people, and was as sweet as a peach.
I came home and told my momma,
"I'd like to teach."

From that year forward, I prepared for my dream.
I worked and I studied
For I had a goal to reach.
When I arrived at my interview I said,
"I'd like to teach."

Some days the job is stressful,
You know that dreaded test!
The work piles high, and I'd rather be at the beach.
But even then,
I love to teach.

Some children can be hard to handle.
They don't always listen.
I try to be patient. Then finally you hear,
"I think I got it!" with a screech.
Oh, have I told you?
I love to teach.

They come with sweet cards and pictures,
and say "You're my favorite!"
But the ones with the snotty nose and a cough
stick to you like a leach!
Oh, but even then,
I love to teach.

My own child is intellectually disadvantaged.
She loves with all her heart.
The hardest part is that she has no speech.
"Please treat her and those who are like her with compassion."
Is the lesson,
I love to teach.

My son is brilliant!
He has a great love for music and knowledge.
My heart bursts with pride,
as I tiptoe to kiss his forehead I can now barely reach.
"Be the best that you can be son."
Is the lesson,
I love to teach.

As I settle down at the end of each day,
I give God the glory, because I am very blessed!
Always be thankful for your life, I beseech.
I'm so thankful to God that,
I love to teach.

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