Sam Card belongs to us. Walking or running through Berryville, working in the schools or doing odd jobs, worshiping or checking out books at the library, Sam is known and loved by many in Clarke County.
In the last two years, Sam has served CCPS as a substitute teacher. Working primarily at JWMS and CCHS, Sam brings a passion for learning for all subjects, especially history, geography and science. An avid reader, Sam graduated years ago with a BS in Environmental Science. Today, he volunteered to serve as a judge for the Forensics Team and is on his way to a competition as I write!
The greatest compliment to his ability are the students who appreciate his enthusiasm.
Adam Campbell (2010 CCHS graduate and first year at UVa) comments,” Mr. Card is the best substitute I ever had during my 12 years in Clarke County schools. Definitely unique. He was enthusiastic about the subject matter and was a walking encyclopedia with interesting facts and data on a variety of subjects. One day, in French class, he gave a thumbnail history of the French Revolution! He simply made the 90 minutes go by a lot faster.”
Jacob (grade 9): “Mr. Card is a highly intelligent man who loves to teach. He loves the students and the students love him. When Mr. Card teaches one can tell he really enjoys what he is teaching. He comes into class with a “today in history” sheet he writes up and shares with us and goes into very deep detail. Usually, substitute teachers walk into the class, tell the students what to do and then sit and watch. Mr. Card really gets involved in the class. I have learned so much from his teaching.”
Where is Sam now? Why don’t we see him in the schools? Given Sam’s special way of communication, I wonder if he is not appreciated by those in authority. Has he made a mistake? Haven’t we all made errors in judgment? Does that mean he is banished from the schools? Isn’t it a marvel to have someone like Sam to enrich the school environment and provide the diversity that we so badly need in our community? It is the Sams of this world that allow us the privilege of receiving and extending grace. Grace focuses on strengths and diminishes weaknesses. Grace is what we ALL yearn for in creating and maintaining meaningful relationships.
Sam belongs to me, to you and he belongs in the schools. Calling Sam back to teach is simply the right, just and proper thing to do.