Eighth Grade Graduate Spotlight: Andor Agustsson

Andor Agustsson | Cascade House Steward Leader, Cross Country and Track & Field Athlete

This week we celebrate our eighth grade graduates! Our first eight grade class, blazing a trail for future Knights. Today we honor Andor Agustsson. Andor has served his fellow students well as 2019-20 Cascade House Steward Leader. Andor shares how having his mom as his teacher has shaped his experience at Cor Deo:

For the past four years, I have had my mom as my teacher. For the past four years, my mom has been with me the entire day. For the past four years she has been assigning me homework. However, my life will change in a single moment on September 8, 2020 at 7:10 A.M. My mom will no longer be my teacher because I am going to high school. 

Starting on September 8, 2020, my mom will not be around me the entire day. When I had my mom as my teacher I could never escape. It was physically impossible, especially at a private school. She would hear about everything I did. Sometimes I felt like she actually had eyes in the back of her head! But now, everything is different. Now I will not be able to forget my lunch at home or my belongings in the car. I will not have a personal chauffeur to pick me up in the afternoon. Unlike the present, I am actually going to have to use a planner. I do not currently feel motivated to write my homework down because I have my mom to remind me of what I have. 

Starting on September 8, 2020, I will get to experience special treatment. I did not get special treatment when my mom taught me. At least that was not my experience. It seemed as if the other kids were getting the special treatment. In high school, I will be able to procrastinate, slack off, and stare blankly off into space. The teachers will not know what my full potential is. If teachers cannot recognize my handwriting, I will have to put a heading on all my papers. When the teachers call me out in class, it will not feel as severe as when my mom used my middle name. 

Starting on September 8, 2020, I will have both a teacher and a mom. The lines between teacher and Mom were blurred. It took me a while to figure out that she is not actually my mom in the school setting. For the first time, I will not be able to ask my mom about the dinner menu twenty times throughout the day. After school, I can tell her what I learned that day, and she will not know. Every day at school will be a surprise because I will not have overheard what my teachers will have planned for the next day. 

Though at points it was a struggle, I think it was good for me to have my mom as my teacher. I learned how to work hard and got to be around my mom the entire day. In the end, I have enjoyed having my mom as my teacher and will look back on these four years fondly.

Congratulations, Andor. We know you’ll go far at Covenant High School and beyond!