My children have been blessed to attend schools here in a town where they have had many, many wonderful teachers. I have friends who are teachers. I know they are overworked and underpaid. I know they have to spend a lot of their own personal finances on things for their students and classrooms. I know that in order to teach they have to love it, because the financial rewards are not great.
My son The Genius usually enjoys his teachers but this past year in 8th grade he especially loved his English teacher. He loved the way she taught, and he always felt valued in her class. The other day on Facebook I ran across a post she had written and I feel compelled to share it with as many people as I can. My reach is more broad here on the blog than on my Facebook page, so I asked her permission to repost her words here and she agreed.
This post is written by 8th grade Teacher Karen Pierce, who my son told me is his “favorite teacher of all time.” As a matter of fact when I read it, I thought, let me see if he can guess which of his teachers wrote this. So I read it to him, and when I read the part about teaching on her feet, he said, “Oh, that is Mrs. Pierce. She never sits down when she is teaching.” Mrs Pierce you have made a difference in my son’s life and are an exceptional role model. Thank you for allowing me to share your words with the world!!
I have spent the summer reflecting on my job & have some thoughts to share:
I want my thoughts to be food for thought rather than just a teacher’s venting. I wonder if this will go viral like those cute videos of small girls dressed like teenagers singing a Nicki Minaj song? Probably not, but feel free to share.
I teach because I love it. Paying me more will not make me a better teacher. Paying me more will enable me to support my family without working 2 other jobs. I am looking for a non-teaching, better paying job at this time. If I find one, I will take it…….but I guarantee I will never be able to say that I love it and mean it as much as I say, “I love teaching!”
Karen Dugas Pierce; 8th grade teacher in Virginia
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