Good teaching is hard to pull off. Let’s talk.
I’m licensed as a “Master Teacher” in the state of Colorado, and hold National Board Certification in World Languages Other than English. I’ve taught middle school, high school, and adults. I have 12 years experience in education, and from my second year of teaching, I’ve mentored and trained several other teachers.
And I’m still figuring out how to do my job.
I think teaching in public school is the hardest job on earth to do well. Just my opinion, based on personal experience and observation. Unlike some teachers, I've had a variety of other jobs. I've sold snowcones at carnivals, plowed wheat fields with a tractor, been in the Army, worked as a switchboard receptionist managing 40 incoming phone lines, worked in women’s clothing retail, supervised 10 teachers as the ELL coordinator for my school district, and written an online course for a university. Teaching in a public K-12 classroom is by far harder than any of those jobs.
Yet I choose to do it on purpose. Why?
I love the challenge, and when I actually pull off an excellent day of teaching, I feel like a million bucks.
Seeing students learn and enjoy it is incredibly fulfilling.
I know the average human could not step into my classroom and do what I do, and that makes me feel pleasantly smug.
The U.S. is in desperate need of good teachers.
My students give me so much love and joy. Usually.
I know that I am making a huge difference in a lot of young people’s lives. Hopefully mostly for the better.