Rachael Jostons: Service to Country Through Education
October 30, 2018
(RFBMS) - Eighth-grade World History teacher Mrs. Rachael Jostsons recently became a United States citizen after an 18-month process. The native of England recently chronicled her story for Hoover City Schools:
"I was born in the historic port of Bristol, England, which in 1497 was the starting point for John Cabot's voyage of exploration to North America. I came to North America when I was 9 years old. My father had been asked to run a chocolate factory in the small Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia. Then, 6 years later, my parents brought me to this great country. I attended high school in Illinois, began college at the University of Alabama, and received my degree in Secondary Education from Wesley College in Delaware. I later completed my Master's Degree at the University of the Cumberlands. Along the way, I was blessed to find my amazing husband, Eric, six lovely daughters, and incredible life-long friends.
On September 21, 2018 - after an 18-month process - I was privileged to participate in a ceremony in Montgomery where I took the oath to become a citizen of the United States of America. Along with my husband, some of my Air Force friends were able to attend the ceremony. One of them, a retired Colonel, stated afterward how touched he was, and that he believes every American needs to witness such a ceremony to be reminded of who we are, and where we came from. While my day-to-day life remains the same as it was before, I rejoice that I can now exercise all of the rights of an American and have the responsibility to "support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic." I do not take this responsibility lightly. This country is great only as long as we, its citizens, work to keep it that way.
I am thankful to be able to serve my country by teaching its children. I have been in the field of education since 1992. This is my third year teaching 8th-grade World History at Bumpus Middle School, and I pinch myself every day I walk through the doors. I work with such an amazing faculty and staff, and I'm honored to teach our students at such a crucial stage in their lives.
As I work with colleagues, students, and parents I am continually reminded that Americans are exceptionally warm and giving people! And as my students and I found out the other day as we listed our ancestral countries of origin, the people that have made this country their home are from EVERY corner of the world! I know I speak for all of them when I say, “What a privilege it is to become a citizen of this great nation!
God bless America!"
R.F. Bumpus Middle School Faculty