New year, new classroom, new students...fall is a time for new beginnings in the life of a teacher. This is my favorite time of the year. Just as our kids get excited as summer break comes nearer, I get excited for the start of school. I still get butterflies after 18 years.
I get to start fresh every year. Looking around at all of the boxes and furniture stacked from floor to ceiling in a freshly waxed and painted room, I imagine all the possibilities. For a while, I just sit and think. What will my students be like this year? What relationships will I build with their families this year? What impact will I make in their lives?
In that solitary time in my empty classroom, I pray. I pray for each child and family that I have yet to meet. I pray to be the best teacher and mentor I can be. I know that eyes will be watching and ears will be listening and I want them to see HIM in me. I know I can't profess my faith openly to my students, but I can live it in front of them.
For all of those who think teachers have "summers off," please know that teachers have spent every moment possible in their classroom this summer preparing for the year ahead. I have spent countless hours in room 122 being a mover, interior designer, manager, janitor, painter, organizer, creator, web explorer, and yes..a teacher. I have done my best to make this environment a warm and friendly place before your child even walks through the door. All this, not for pay, but because I care. After 18 years, I still passionately care.
I am greatly looking forward to a year of new beginnings, new friendships, new insights, new technology, new readers, new writers, new memories, and more! Here's to a great new year everybody!