This year completes the TENTH year I have been teaching ... TEN YEARS!
Wow ... I know I know ... I started teaching at 17, but I've been in a classroom 180days a year for 10 years !
That is 1800 days of classroom teaching! ...
... and I still love it.
I look back and I think of all the kids and the friends I've made, I have to admit it makes me teary-eyed.
The sad part is... in my tenth year of teaching will also mark the ONLY YEAR I HAVE NOT BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK AT A GRADUATION!!! :(
Granted, where I teach now does not have a graduating class, but I realized it this time because I would regularly begin to write my graduation speech at the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Every single year I have written a speech, every single year. In fact, the first 2 years I went to do my Associate's degree in New York and my father read the speeches for me.
ten years ... wow ...
funny thing is I can run into ANY of the kids I've taught and remember them in the classroom, remember a funny or crazy moment, something they did, where they sat in the classroom... no importa si fue en la PUCMM, Progressive, Senderos, Ashton, or St.Michael's ... I can pop something up that tends to make them go, "Wow... you remember that?"
:) I will think of my own advice to my Seniors ... "it's not the quantity, it's the quality"
it's been an awesome 10 years.