In 1984, I got my first teaching position.They gave me a kindergarten class. I did not want a kindergarten class. I had had enough of the "babies", but, it was a teaching position, so I took it. The first week my class wasn't ready, so I subbed in a 3rd grade classroom for a teacher who was out, just a couple of days. Administration kept walking in and wandering past, I was thinking, "What's going on?". Next thing I knew, that was my class, and they moved that teacher to the library. (I hope he was happier there).And so it began. I taught there for 15 years, two months in Baltimore, and the rest in my present position.
Last year, a 1st year teacher said to me, "My husband said he doesn't see me as just a teacher for 29 years,(the number of years I had been teaching), he sees me as an asst. principal or principal."
You know, sometimes you really don't catch on to what someone has said, and what it really means, until later. Just a teacher?
Here's the thing. There seems to be the misconception that teachers are at the bottom of the rung when one considers hierarchy in education. For some reason, many people, including teachers, believe that the main objective for becoming a teacher is to eventually leave the classroom.
I have chosen to remain in the classroom. If I am fortunate, I will retire from the classroom. The only thing I will miss from an administrative position is the salary.:) That is my choice, and I know a number of teachers who have made that choice as well.
And although teaching is not always a cakewalk, being in the classroom for 30 years has allowed me the pleasure of:
- working with children
- impacting the lives of over 700 students
- watching students "get it" year after year
- connecting my students with the world
- building confidence and self-esteem
- providing a warm, nurturing, environment
- laughing in the morning and the afternoon
- playing outside at Recess
- field trips
- dancing in the middle of the day
- trying out all the wonderful, innovative, ideas, I learn from my PLN
- did I say working with children?
Being a classroom teacher is not for everyone, there are excellent administrators and intructional coaches out there.
However, there is no shame in my game.:)
I am a classroom teacher! 30 years, and still going strong!