By Diane Dougherty
I retired from teaching more than ten years ago. Yet, I still consider myself to be a teacher. During the final days of my teaching career I remember talking to a student about my future. “What will I be when I’m not a teacher anymore?” I wondered.
“Mrs. Dougherty,” he replied, “you will always be a teacher, because that’s what you are at heart.”
That student was about to become a high school graduate in just a few short days, but he knew an important truth: those who choose teaching as a career without reservation will always be teachers. We may have second lives as gardeners, painters, retail salespersons, or experimental biologists; however, we remain teachers “at heart.”