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.”
By Brian Kelley
Asked to write to the prompt, “Why I Teach” brings up memories of the faces of young men lighting up when they heard my step-father’s name. So much of that, of course, is attributed to who he is as a person in addition to who he is as an educator. He has talked so fondly about his students over the years. I’ll always remember family conversations held around the kitchen table and the great fondness in my step-father’s eyes when he talked about his students or players.
By Brenda Krupp
Several weeks ago I was asked to write a blog post on “Why I teach? “ I remember being asked that by a newer principal during a get-to-know-each-other-better faculty meeting. I sat and stared at the paper, stymied. I struggled to articulate my thinking. During the obligatory share out the principal came and asked what I wrote. I showed him my blank page. “Don’t you teach because you love kids?” he asked. When I shook my head he looked at me and walked away, as if something was wrong with me, like maybe I shouldn’t be a teacher. But I knew then, and now, there is more to teaching than just a love of kids.