The Importance Of Understanding The Value Of Our School Teachers

The Importance Of Understanding The Value Of Our School Teachers

I started working as a K-5 floater teacher and am having so much fun!


Besides my parents, the most significant and influential adults in my life have been my teachers. The first teacher that I remember truly investing her all in me was my fourth and fifth-grade teacher, Ms. S.

I had just transferred once more from one elementary school to this new one, adding to the string of elementary schools that I attended throughout my childhood. I always loved school, but I had lost my particular amount of enthusiasm at the start of fourth grade, and Ms. S was the one who encouraged me to write. Her belief in my abilities and intellect fueled me to be an English major when I finally reached college and is a lot of the reason I am a writer today.

I always dreamed of influencing the next generation of writers, creators, and thinkers in some way or another. I still want the medium to be through my writing, but alongside my literature, I currently work as a floater teacher for elementary school. This position allows me to work in every classroom based on need and to also assist with administrative work. Through the job, I have learned the ins and outs of the campus and school system and met a brilliant group of remarkable kids.

Now, in the short while that I have worked at this campus, I have faced days of constant problem-solving, as well as, days where I hate leaving the students and can't wait to see them the next day. My energy has both grown and thrived off of the kids' and I have been drained to the point of lying on my bed without sleeping for three hours. There's one thing that has been confirmed while I have been working at this school though.

Teachers and school staffs are the lifeblood of all the kids' education and their ability to contribute to society later in life. From my co-workers, I have learned patience, kindness, forgiveness, and discipline. I work in a school where the staff deals with hits day after day, and works with student after student while still remembering to smile and say "Good morning" or "See ya tomorrow." Along with teaching their students, I have the Spanish teachers helping me practice my own conversational Spanish and have teachers who allow me to practice teaching in their classrooms.

Having felt welcomed from the first to my current day, it is unbelievable the amount of passion that teachers have in bettering the lives of everyone around them, to encourage all their surrounding people to act as students and learn. Teachers are invaluable for generations of scholars and thinkers to contribute back to their communities and to change the world.

So, reconnect with that middle school teacher you've only ever seen in Safeway after graduating, or encourage children to learn to love learning. For those who say "Those who can't do, teach," step into a classroom or catch up with a teacher-friend. Learn exactly what these leaders are doing to make our lives better every day.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Here's What Happens When All Of Your Friends Have Babies

All of my friends back home are married with children. No, really, they are.


Over the past few months, three of my friends have shared their pregnancy news with me, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Baby news always stirs up a range of emotions for me. I'm excited and crying happy tears (no joke, I started to cry when my best friend told me and showed me her ultrasound).

Being "Auntie Meg" brings me such great joy. You see, I absolutely adore children, especially my friend's kiddos. They can easily brighten up my day with their giggles, love you, and their goodbye kisses & waves. I absolutely love getting to be "Auntie Meg"; it could potentially be my favorite role to fill.

I don't think I've ever loved human beings more than I love these babies. These are kiddos I would do almost anything for; they truly have my whole heart and I couldn't be more thankful for each and every one of them. I've loved getting to watch my friends grow into incredible parents.

I love getting to be one of the biggest cheerleaders for my friends and their kids. Listen, I can't wait for the day when they are older and are asking to come over more and spend time doing fun things with auntie Meg. I can't wait to watch them grow and I can't wait to be able to come alongside them and be a shoulder to cry on and one of the loudest voices cheering them on (Next to mom and dad, of course).

While there is just so much good about your friends growing up and having children of their own, if you are not careful, it can also fuel a person's self-doubt.

It can bring up questions like, "am I good enough?", "what is wrong with me?", "why am I not where they are at?" I would be lying if I said that I have never thought or felt these things, but here's the thing: you are good enough, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, and their path is not your path; you will get there when you get there.

Those things are so important to remember in times when you begin to doubt yourself or your worth.

Believe me, you are good enough, there is nothing wrong with you, and that is not the path you need to be on at the moment. This is a great time for you to focus on you and the things you want out of life. What are your goals? What is on your bucket list? Just because you don't have the things your friends have, doesn't make your life any less fulfilled than theirs is. Your life is just as wonderful and fulfilling as theirs is, just in different ways.

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