Interestingly, I didn’t always know I wanted to be a teacher. So many people seem to know from a young age that they are destined to work with children. I was not that person. It wasn’t until college that I decided to journey into education. Even today, I am not sure exactly what lead me in the direction of teaching…I just know that I am thankful for that decision every day.
In August of 2000, I took my first job away from my hometown in a neighboring city. At the time, there were very few positions open in my hometown and this school approached me. I participated in a 5-part interview including two group Q & A’s with parents and teachers, an essay, and a 1:1 tour of the building with the assistant principal. After completing that interview, I knew I could tackle anything. 🙂
As fate would have it, I started dating a man (now my husband) just prior to moving. Leaving was hard; staying away was even harder. I began searching for a teaching position back home for the 2001-2 school year and was beyond thrilled to be offered a position with a phenomenal school district teaching 8th grade Language Arts where I have been for the last 15 years.
I proudly admit to being an avid reader of young adult literature. I love that I can bring my passion for reading into the classroom. I have enjoyed being part of a movement that has made reading “cool.”
Boy, how things change in 16 years. 🙂 Both education and student learners have changed greatly in that short period of time. My students are extremely adept with technology, and I find myself learning from them as much as they learn from me.
I pride myself on being a teacher with high expectations, but expectations alone aren’t enough. I read, research, and read some more in order to implement creative instructional strategies each day. About five years ago, I was introduced to the works of Penny Kittle and Donalyn Miller. It was then that I completely revamped reading instruction in my classroom. I thought I was a good teacher 16 years ago. I worked hard. I stayed late. I graded at all hours of the day and night. I now look at those years and wonder how I was so blind to the needs of my students. They needed more. I will likely blog incessantly about reading and reading instruction.
I just started blogging…really! I didn’t see that I had anything to say that other educators would want to read. After a while of reading others’ posts and reading their incredible journeys, I began to ponder the idea of blogging. I hope fellow educators read my blog and are inspired to take on new endeavors in the classroom.