In episode two of What Am I Doing With My Life?, we’ll be talking to two of my mentors that helped me through middle school and high school. Most of the time, adults seem to have everything figured out. That feeling is magnified when we look up to someone. Sometimes it helps to hear their stories and advice, even though it can seem like we’ll never reach their level.
The first guest we’ll meet with is Calvin Casey. He was my youth pastor in high school and has gone through many changes despite only being in his early 40s. He spent the first 14 years of his career as youth counselor and mentor before becoming a youth pastor in 2012. He was a youth Pastor in Memphis, Tennessee for three years before moving his family to Decatur, Texas and later to Katy, Texas. Since 2016, Calvin has been mentoring other ministers and youth workers as a self-employed consultant, making it his full-time job in 2018. In 2020, his experience landed him a job as a ministry consultant and coach. This episode follows Calvin as he led his wife and three kids across the country and through job uncertainty while managing to touch countless lives along the way.
You will also get a chance to hear from my 7th grade Texas History teacher, Dwayne Lacy. Mr. Lacy was a teacher for Houston ISD for 16 years before transferring to Katy ISD in 2021. He is also a teacher fellow in an organization called Teach Plus, an organization that “grows and empowers teacher leaders to create an equitable education system for students.” Mr. Lacy was also the faculty sponsor for Christians on Campus when I was in middle school. Along with his fellow history teachers, they were able to get a Texas tour field trip authorized for any seventh grader who attended required meetings at a minimal cost. He also makes a point to connect with his students long after they have left his classroom and entered the workforce. This episode will peel back the curtains on the things we know least about our teachers because they sacrifice so much for us, their personal lives, their hobbies, and their dreams.