I have 25 24 days left in this teaching gig, and it is incredibly easy to get super excited about leaving and think of all the mess I won’t miss at all. That said, I LOVE my job. I really do. There are certainly some things I might miss.
1. Making a Difference – For a full year in between undergrad and graduate school, I worked at a large corporate law firm. While it was nice to shut the door after me and leave work behind every evening (NOT the case with teaching!), I didn’t feel like my work really really mattered, you know? I know I am not The Teacher for every kid, but every now and then I am; sometimes you have a profound influence, and sometimes they even tell you so. The BEST feeling in the world is a letter from a graduating senior saying YOU changed my life. I’ll miss that for sure.
2. Funny Stories – Life is never ever boring when you interact with 150 high schoolers everyday. I would love to write a funny memoir from my five years in the classroom.
3. My Colleagues – Some women become so much more than coworkers to you. These girls are my encouragement on a bad day, my listening ear when I need to vent, my cheerleaders when I need motivation, and my margarita buddies on a sunny Thursday afternoon. I love them. We’ll still hang out, but I’ll miss having them down the hall.
4. Talking About Books All Day – I mean this is why I got in to teaching in the first place! I know you are surprised it wasn’t the illustrious reputation and the fat salary.
5. My Yearbook Girls – I’ve been the yearbook advisor at my school for the last 4 years, and I’ve mentored a group of incredible young women in the process. They are more than students to me. They have been to my home for our annual “Finished Publication Celebration;” I’d trust them with my baby. We’ve been together through their broken hearts and growing pains, the stresses of creating a 480 page book, the changes brought about with the birth of my son, and even the death of one of their siblings who was a close friend to many of them. I love these girls so much, and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish over the years.
6. Starting Over Every Year – How many jobs allow you to start all over once a year? New rosters. Blank bulletin boards. New material. A clean slate feels good.
7. New Kids Every 54 Minutes – I am SO incredibly excited to stay at home with Jude, and I feel really blessed that I am able to do this. With a SAHM gig, however, you are in it for life. This is your child, your blood, your responsibility. Serious business. Teaching lets me “rent” a crowd for an hour and give them back when the bell rings. There’s a lot less pressure there.
8. Appreciative People – They are few and far between, but it’s so nice when a parent, a student, or a stranger for that matter says, “I appreciate what you do” and truly means it. A thank you goes a long way.
9. Seeing Kids Grow From Year to Year – Students change so much between the ages of 14 and 18. I love seeing them grow, mature, and discover. Sometimes they come back for a visit once they are in college and ta-da! They look like grown ups. I love it.
10. Witnessing Some Fabulous “A-ha Moments” – It feels SO GOOD to see a kid really “get it” because of your hard work. An added bonus is that I teach English, so many of these a-ha moments regard not only intellect, but moral development as well. A sudden moment of brilliant understanding never fails to make me smile.
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