As I reflect on things I’m thankful for, of course, the first things I think of are my family and friends. They are the most important things to me without a doubt. At this time of year however, I find myself stopping to consider why I am so grateful to have made the choice to be a teacher. I am currently in my 23rd year as an educator and by now have taught hundreds and hundreds of children. I have seen education change drastically over the past two and a half decades and I have taught in very different schools and situations. The one thing that has remained constant for me is my love for the children and the incredible gift I am given every day.
Sometimes, between all the meetings, forms to be filled out, documentation to be written, lessons to plan, emails and phone calls to parents and general exhaustion we feel, I think it’s very easy to forget that we have the best job in the world. No, I’m not talking about summers off and an extended holiday break, I’m talking about knowing we make a difference. Maybe not to every single child every single day, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I have a positive influence on my students.
Who other than a teacher has the opportunity to see the sparkle in the eyes of a child who is understanding something new? Who else has the chance to be an inspiration to others every day? What other job lets you literally open up the world to the next generation?
I know there are many hard moments throughout our day and some stories that break our hearts; but if we really stop and think about the amazing responsibility we have and the difference we can make every single day we are blessed indeed.
Our students love us and need us for many different reasons. What an amazing opportunity we have to spark their minds and give back to our own future every single day.
Jan Kane, Leader, Music Teacher, Taylor Mill Elementary