#presentwoman – Beth Rittenberg
Many of you ask where I receive my inspiration to write and speak as often as I do. I’ve mentioned before how blessed I was to have grown up with the parents I have. The other blessing I had growing up was being surrounded by the outside influences I had such as teachers and other adults. God has continued to bless this area of my life well into adulthood.
It is a distinct joy of mine to highlight a #presentwoman I had in my life growing up, Beth Rittenberg. She raised four sons and one of those sons, Bart Rittenberg, became one of my best friends and that has continued even into today.
Mrs. Rittenberg wasn’t just my second mom growing up she also taught school at Vassar Public Schools in my hometown of Vassar, Michigan. Recently she won the ‘Excellence in Education’ award from the Michigan Lottery. The news of this award didn’t surprise me in the least considering I had a front row seat of the investments she made and continues to make in students year in and year out.
Mrs. Rittenberg granted me the permission and honor of highlighting her for all of you. Enjoy the interview below…
Joshua Koch: Why did you get into teaching?
Mrs. Rittenberg: I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the third grade. My teacher, Mr. Richey, made me a wizard’s hat for learning my multiplication tables. He made me feel so accomplished. I just wanted to be like him.
I graduated high school at a time when the teaching profession was saturated. I was told, “Don’t go into teaching, you’ll never get a job,” but by 18 years old, I knew I was called to be a teacher. So I stepped out in faith and got my teaching degree. Not only did I get a job teaching in the community where I lived, I got to choose which job I wanted. God has surly blessed me with a career I love and kids who have enriched my life and made me a better person.
Axiom & E-mails
Manhood From A Mother’s Perspective
My Note To You
Mrs. Rittenberg, now it is my turn. The example you’ve set for me from childhood to this day has been paramount to me turning into who I’ve become. As great as my parents are, it is people like you that invested in my development that turned me into the man I strive to be.
I love you very much. It was an honor of mine that you let me write this about you. This can’t repay what you provided me with growing up, but know that I admire you deeply and wish you even more blessing than you’ve experienced.
As you may recall I wrote a highlight on a friend of mine named Abby. You can read her story here.
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