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Merriam-Webster dictionary defines vocation as a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action. Tom Ervin embodied education as a vocation. His passion and personal contributions to a community will have impacts far-beyond the years he spent physically among those with whom he connected.
Teaching is not merely a profession; it's a vocation that shapes the future. We are architects of knowledge, mentors, and the catalysts for change in society. Participating in professional organizations, such as NESTA and the Boy Scouts, Tom Ervin understood the impact that community can have on empowering others and fostering excellence in education.
I hope to lead our organization with the same dedication as Tom and will always remember him for his good humor, support and most of all those times when he would make the effort to remind us that each of our contributions (regardless of size) is what brings us together as a community. It is this community that will motivate, rejuvenate and remind us all that we are not alone on our journey.
I will miss my NESTA friend, but will carry his spirit onward in my actions. NESTA will be remembering Tom Ervin in our upcoming Fall issue of The Earth Scientist. If you have any memories you would like to have included, please share them with our editor Peg Steffen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or simply send along to me and I will be happy to share.
While we look back at a life well-served, I too look forward to a new school year with new opportunities. If you would like to be more involved with the goals of NESTA (large or small), please reach out.
Feeling at peace and looking forward.
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