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June 23, 2013

Budding teacher takes first step on career path

— As a child, Joshua Silver thought he knew what he wanted in life.

“I grew up wanting to be a pro baseball player,” said Silver, 21. “My first word was ‘ball.’ I loved baseball.”

But things change.

“When I was in high school, I felt God was kind of asking me to let go of that and actually become a pastor,” he said. “So I struggled with that, because I really wanted me to be a pro baseball player.”

Silver had planned to attend Oklahoma Baptist University to get his Bible degree. But things changed.

He went on a mission trip through the iGo Global mission program.

“I got to talking to some missionaries there and they encouraged me to seek something else that wasn’t a Bible degree as a way to support myself,” he said. “I thought about it and prayed about it, and education came to mind. I always loved kids. In high school I worked with them all the time and had a blast with them. So I said ‘OK, we’ll try that.’”

Silver said teaching is “one of the most noble callings in the world.”

“It’s an exciting way to impact some people’s lives,” he said.

After graduating from Muskogee High School in 2010, Silver went to Northeastern State University. He graduated in May and landed a teaching job in Jones.

Silver said he wanted a district close to Shawnee, where his fiancee attends school. Jones is about 40 miles from there.

“I do want to come back to Muskogee eventually,” he said. “I don’t know if that will happen. I’m still looking at trying to become a pastor, a bi-vocational pastor/teacher.”

Silver is spending this summer in Muskogee, leading kids through Kamp Kidville.

Meet Joshua Silver

AGE: 21.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee.

CAREER: An assistant director of Kamp Kidville day camp. He will start a teaching job this fall in Jones.

EDUCATION: Muskogee High School, 2010; Northeastern State University, 2013.

FAMILY: Fiancee, Kelsie Sims. Parents, Nubbin and Lisa Silver.

CHURCH: Grace Bible Church.

HOBBIES: Ultimate Frisbee, video games, sports, hanging out with friends.

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