Tonight I attended our local Board of Education meeting. I went as a parent, a teacher and a community member. I went to support a few of my fellow teachers who were speaking tonight. As I sat through a very long meeting and listened to the accomplishments of so many of our local students and teachers, I could not help but feel pride. The list of commendations went on for so long! Academic awards, athletic awards, fine arts…the list went on and on. Awards for teachers, students, supervisors and schools were announced. It made me feel proud to be a part of this outstanding community. Teachers sat and beamed as they heard names of students past and present named.
I love my job. Teaching is what I was meant to do. There are not many people who can say that they love to get up and go to work everyday, but I truly do. Sadly, I am noticing that many teachers are becoming disheartened in their career. This makes me sad. I think that teachers need to be optimistic and continue to teach with the thrill and pleasure that made them choose this profession to begin with. I truly believe that as I stood along side of these teachers who spoke up at tonight’s meeting, that they helped to reignite that spark for many teachers that were there. Their enthusiasm and compassion was evident in their words and their tone as they spoke. The room was enthralled as they spoke, and if they could have gone over their two minute time limit, I am sure that they would have kept us captivated the entire time.
I truly think that it is necessary that all people share this same type of optimism. I wish that I could watch their speeches over and over again and share their words with others because if you are feeling a lack of inspiration at all, they would be that source!
Look for the spark yourself, regardless of what you do for a living and reignite that flame and remember why you choose to do what you do.