I always wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be that teacher that connected with the students that were “rough around the edges”, “at-risk”, the students that most teachers said were “troubled”. I wanted to save those kids, make a positive connection, and help them be the best version of themselves. I wanted to make a difference.
My first two years of teaching went relatively well. There were (of course) many struggles for first year teachers. I taught 8th grade, which has it’s own set of challenges! However, what always kept me going was the students I was connecting with. Read the rest of this entry