Why I Teach

Today was one of the best moments of my only beginning teaching career.

I have a group of girls in one of my classes who try really hard, but not everything clicks for them. It doesn’t help that they tend to be chronically absent. Today we were doing an activity and these girls were struggling with the problems. I sat down at their table and began to guide them through the process….A few minutes later I stood up from their group and one of the girls looked at me and said, “The only reason I came to school today was to come to math class and see you.” I’m not able to accurately express what those kind words meant to me, but I’ve never been more positive that this is what I want to do with my life.  Moments like that are why I am a teacher.

To The Child Who Was Never Told

   When I look at you I am in awe of the man you’ve become and all of your accomplishments. You are selfless, kind, and compassionate. You are driven, focused, and intelligent. You are my motivation and inspiration. The person you are today made you the love of my life, but that doesn’t change the past. 

      You should have been told every day of your life how loved you are. You should have gotten hugs and kisses when your parents got home every day. You should have had a kiss on the forehead before bed. You should have been told how proud they were of your hard work in sports. You should have been told. 

    You should have received unconditional love and support throughout school. Parents, teachers, and coaches should have sat you down and told you how smart you are. They should have asked why you aren’t living up to your potential. They should have asked how they could have helped. They should have motivated you. They should have told you that you could go to college and you could be successful. 

    You should have had a family. You should have had people you could trust with your problems, people who would be there for you no matter what. You should have had silly family traditions and grew up with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. You should have had people to turn to when your parents weren’t there. You should have had so many things. 

     You are the most amazing man I’ve ever met, and when I let the realization in of what you didn’t receive as a child it has the power to break my heart. You are smart, kind, and loving in ways that leave me speechless. I am beyond proud of you and proud that I can call you mine. Introducing you to people makes me so happy because I have so many wonderful things to share and brag about when it comes to you. I can’t change your past, but I promise that from here on out you’ll always have someone in your life to say the things you deserve to be told.