I teach in an amazing school.
I work with fantastic teachers.
I have awesome students.
I love being a teacher.
Having said all those things, know the state of education in North Carolina is not in a good place right now. There are THOUSANDS of teachers, students, parents, and administrators who are working their buts off and it is like moving through molasses. We do LOTS of work and don’t really get anywhere. The North Carolina legislature has made it dificult to be a teacher. There are LOTS of ways they are undermining teachers: testing, tenures, 25% rule, teacher evaluation, and changing the rules for these things without any warning.
We have read lots of articles and blog posts about teachers leaving NC, teachers who need to be on public assitance in order to feed their families, and teachers who are leaving teaching all together. I can’t write anything as eloquent as those teachers, but I do want to say to every voter in NC, think about the teachers when you vote. While you might not feel a teacher’s influence as quickly as you feel the influence of the people who work to collect the trash; but our influence is felt in every single person. I remember my favorite teachers–Mrs. Smith in second grade, Mr. Kelly in tenth grade English, Miss Hodel in eleventh grade English. I remember the teachers who later became my favorites because she made me work so hard–Mrs. Case-Reynolds in tenth grade world history and Mrs. Pasto in eleventh grade US History. We ALL remember those teachers who inspire us, those who might have wounded us in some way, and the teachers who made us the people we are today.
I won’t be leaving, because I am working too hard to make a difference.