I have always wanted to be a teacher.
In second grade, I was a precocious 7 year old who decided I could do a better job managing a class than my teacher. The grade I wanted to teach changed as I grew up. I always wanted to teach the grade I was in! An inspirational teacher in high school, Mr. French, really showed me the power of effective teaching and the whole world opened up.
I settled in as a social science teacher at the secondary level. That is the general description of what I do and as stated on my teaching credential I can teach any social science class for 7-12th grade. And actually, I have taught EVERY class under the umbrella of social science. However, my experience, expertise, and passion lies with teaching 11th and 12th graders government and economics.
Whether I say that I chose the teaching profession or it chose me, I truly see it as my calling. Teaching is what I do. Teaching embeds itself into my life and is a part of who I am. I identify as a teacher.
I read a post on the Daily Kos by thallir (read it here) that relates a story similar to mine. I want to teach. I want to continue to do what I believe I have done well for 23 years. I am confused and frustrated by the current attack on me and my profession.
I take it personally. I feel like conversations about education are running in circles. People have so much to complain about but no feasible solutions. I’m scared for my profession and I contemplate what else I can do.
What I know for sure is the power of education. I know I play a role in bringing education to others and I believe I have a role to play in this age of reform and policy questions. Invite me into the conversation. Listen to my thoughts and let me be one voice.