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Teacher’s School Prayer


The following is a prayer from a teacher’s perspective written by Sister Ann Casper.

O God,
is that piercing sound really the alarm clock?
And is this really the first day of school?

My students are probably struggling to wake up, just as I am.

I’ll grab my coffee and they’ll down their energy drink.

Help all of us get movin’ as we begin this school year.

Kids worry a lot about “fitting in,”
and I worry that I will be the “right” teacher for them.

Kids can be so troubled these days, Lord.
Guide me on what to say to them, how best to support them.
Help us trust each other as we begin this school year.

And lastly, dear God,
let me not take myself too seriously.
Keep me light-hearted.

Remind me often to “love the children first,
then teach them.


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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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