Up until recently, if anyone asked, I became a teacher because I loved helping people reach their full potential, but I teach English because words are my religion.

I love my students with my whole heart. I may not enjoy the standardized tests, grading, late nights of planning, unlimited exhaustion, reply-all emails, parent conferences, and so on. However, I love my students.

I don’t love them because they’re bodies in seats, and they give me something to do each day. I don’t love them because I’m a power-hungry monster who wants to mold the brains of the next generation. I love them because they represent potential. They represent hope. I love them because they give me a voice.

Before becoming a teacher, I just wanted to spread good grammar and speech to the masses. I wanted to be a martyr. I wanted the “I did that” moment. I didn’t think about IEP meetings, empowerment, representation in literature… I just wanted students to be able to prove that they were literate.

When I stepped into the classroom, I became a mom. My students became my babies. With new laws that directly affect my student population, I became their Army, Marine, Navy, and National Guard. I search for activities to give them a voice. I hunt for ways for them to know their value. My ideas of martyrdom transformed into action, but no longer for selfish reasons. I don’t care to be nailed on the cross; I just want my students to be able to touch the road to freedom.

 

When my students know their worth, they become my biggest accomplishment.

Why do you teach?

xo,

Miss B.

 

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