Every summer since I started teaching, I've said to myself, "This is the summer I'm going to write my book!" It has taken me 23 years of teaching to realize that I'm probably not going to write the great American novel. Let's be real, here. I'm not even sure I can keep up with a blog. But I have so many thoughts in my head, stories to share, years of therapy to avoid, so I thought why not try this?
My first blog post is dedicated to the teachers that made me the teacher I am today. I knew from the first day of school with Mrs. White that I wanted to be a teacher. There wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't planning my own future classroom. Grading papers, teachers' editions, stickers, chalkboards! I had dreams about all of those glorious "teachery" things. No one bothered to tell the young girl with teacher apples in her eyes that grading papers is not all it's cracked up to be! But here I am. Still teaching after all these years. Did you just sing "Still Crazy After All These Years" in your head, too?
The reason I'm a teacher today is because I absolutely loved my teachers and I loved school. I have a hard time believing every day that all kids don't feel the same way. School was the greatest place on Earth to me. All those books! Don't even get me started on the homework that I wanted. What's that, you say? Yes! I loved homework. Maybe I wasn't a normal kid now that I think about it.....
I truly thank all my teachers who had a hand in getting me where I am today. I feel like I'm accepting an Oscar and thanking those who helped along the way! That's actually what it feels like to me. I get to win an award every year when my kids move on and I have a hand in getting them closer to their dreams. Without my teachers, I wouldn't be able to do that so I thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Speaking of hearts, I sincerely hope I left a little handprint on my teachers' hearts like my little ones do to my heart.
I hope my little blog in this little corner of my little universe makes you smile, laugh, or even maybe gives a little inspiration when you need a boost!