It’s hard to believe, but I almost wasn’t a teacher.
When I first started college, my mind was completely made up that I would work in advertising. I got an amazing internship opportunity my sophomore year, and thought I was set. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it didn’t make me happy. And I wasn’t good at it. It just wasn’t working.
God opened doors and placed teaching on my heart. I am so very thankful that He knew what I needed, and showed me the way.
I taught 4th grade my first two years. It was hard—the kind of hard that made me want to give up this dream and do something else. I couldn’t see the big picture.
This year, the 4th grade students I had that very first HARD year-- will graduate from high school. Through Facebook, I saw that one of those students just got her college acceptance letter to the University of Alabama. I BAWLED like a little baby, y’all. Not only was I beyond proud of this kid, but I felt that in some way, I was part of her journey to get there, you know?
What we do as teachers, each and every day, is so much bigger than we can see. We are helping kids reach their goals and accomplish dreams. And, I’m not going to lie…I also cried because I feel super OLD—but that’s another story.
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