Recently, while endlessly scrolling through twitter at 11 pm, a post from a first year teacher caught my eye that read, “I’m just a first year teacher”. Educators are never “just a”, they are learners, dreamers, and visionaries which have the greatest job in the world.
Educators come in many forms with various titles:
And through these roles we:
Are the givers of knowledge
Are a shoulder to cry on
Provide warm meals
Ensure students have clean clothes for the concert
Purchase winter coats for those coldest of mornings
Ensure a safe place to learn
Counsel students when needed
Provide support when a student’s world seems to crashing down around them
To all educators, don’t ever cut yourself short or let anyone tell you you’re “just a” because to your students you are so much more. For some students we are that smiling face, while to others we are everything. You never know the full impact you’ll have. However, everyday you have the opportunity to impact your students, staff, school, and community and that isn’t a “just a” responsibility.
Milford Jr/Sr High Principal