I May Not Be A Teacher, But I Am The Daughter Of One

I May Not Be A Teacher, But I Am The Daughter Of One

Teaching isn't just a job, it's a way of life.

I am also the niece of one, the granddaughter of both a high school teacher and a college professor, and for a long time even considered becoming one. So, needless to say, teaching is in my blood.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward

There is this idea of teachers that many non-teachers have and that is this picture of when a teacher goes home, their mind goes back to their ‘normal life’ and they lose the emotional attachment they have during the day as if they’re simply playing a role.

The reality is far from the idea. I grew up the daughter of a teacher and I know this is false.

For many teachers teaching isn't just a job, but something they love to do. It's a way of life.

As a child, I can remember the countless times my mother brought her work home with her; whether it was grading papers, writing lesson plans, or cutting out laminate— which I often helped her with. It extended far beyond the classroom and I could always tell how much she loved her students.

I am so proud to be the daughter of a teacher.

Teaching was once considered to be a noble career and now it has become one that is stigmatized and thought of as a "backup plan".

While the majority of a teacher's job is to teach, they also learn things from their students as well and strive to make the best possible impacts on them as they can. Getting rid of teachers or shunning people for wanting to or becoming one is not the answer.

Teachers are not thugs, they work just as hard as anyone else (maybe a bit harder sometimes).

Education makes us thrive as a society and with a lack of it, we become ignorant.

Yes, teachers may not make all that much, but they aren't in it for the money. Teachers are in it to make a difference. They don't just teach, but they inspire.

People who can do that make great teachers. Without teachers, whether it be those in my family or ones I had in school, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I wouldn't be pursuing the career path I am, without their guidance and support.

A teacher won't back down without fighting. They not only teach students about their specific subject, but they are able to teach them about life and prepare them for success.

They not only work the eight hours school is in session, but bring their work home with them.

They love children. What are we telling those children if we don't value the people that teach them? They don't matter? That they aren't important? Children are the future, they are worth the time and investment.

I may not be a teacher, but I am the daughter of one.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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