As a teacher and a U.S. serviceman, we have to ask: Is Jacob Kohut a real-life superhero?
Jacob is part of the National Guard, and he teaches music to fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders. He’s had both roles for the last 11 years, so the juggling act isn’t anything new to him, but thanks to virtual lessons, he didn’t have to take a leave of absence from his students when he was called away to protect the U.S. Capitol.
When he first arrived at the Capitol, Jacob was working 12-hour shifts, so even though he didn’t want to, he had to use a substitute teacher every now and then to cover his classes. However, any class his shifts didn’t interfere with, Jacob led himself!
“I’m just doing the [classes] that I can, because I think that we need stability for these kids,” he explained. “The last thing we need is more instability from me leaving in some capacity.”
Whenever he got the opportunity, Jacob sat in the back of a military van teaching his students with a flute in his hand. It was certainly a unique way to get the job done, but Jacob didn’t seem to mind.
“You know, people say that they get burned out or they feel bored by what they do, the monotony of things,” he said. “And I just don’t feel that because I’m always going from one place to the next and it’s always exciting.”
Despite his hectic schedule, he doesn’t have any plans to change the way he operates. He knows how important both his jobs are!
“When I go into school and I see somebody who is ‘just a teacher’ — but they are an awesome teacher — that person is a hero,” he said. “When I come to [the National Guard] and I see somebody who is doing this job extraordinarily well, they are a hero in my book.”
In his book, anyone who is good at their job is a hero. Based on his definition (and ours), it seems that he is a superhero after all!
Learn more about him in the video below, and remember to share this story with your friends to encourage them.
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