Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I recently found Jenny on TWITTER. She's a fellow educator in Virginia who was teaching 5th grade and this year is teaching 1st. I was reading some of her posts from the past school year and I found this one and it really touched me.
My sister often asks me why I don't move to a closer, more affluent neighborhood. My answer is always the same, "These kids need me more." They have so much farther to travel to be where the affluent kids are. Plus, I am usually the only stable person in their lives. They can depend on me being there, consistently, every day. The "light bulb" moments are wonderful and I get so much love from them.
As Jenny says, "I'm amazed at the strength and perseverance shown by my students. I learn so much from them."
It always amazes me what kids can overcome. I've seen physical abuse, sexual abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, anger issues, depression, apathy, and parents who don't want to be parents. Give these same kids just one person who will give them a little attention, respect and interest and watch them sore!
I'm so excited for the new school year. I'm excited to get to know my new students and see them blossom.
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