Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Loving High School



Teaching high school is something I never thought I’d thoroughly enjoy.  Perhaps it was due to my own high school experience of never really feeling like I fit into a particular group of students (I was friends with everyone, but not one clique in particular).  But teaching at the high school this year has blown my mind away and made me fall back in love with teaching again.

After teaching in a low-income elementary school for many years, I emotionally had to take a break.  I moved to teaching at a private school, but the politics there were more than I needed between the parents, PTO, and teachers.  So this year as I ventured into teaching high school, I was a bit nervous as to how the students would receive me – being in a wheelchair, not being from the country, etc.  Boy, was I blown away.  I have fallen in love with the students more than I can express.  I not only care about their education, making sure they thoroughly look through their answers before turning something in, paying attention and participating in class discussions, etc, but I also care about their overall addition to the community and humanity.  I want to instill in them the importance of respect.  I believe that over this past year, I have gained a tremendous rapport with the students of which I am proud.   I have also enjoyed the faculty and staff at the school, engaging in conversations with them and learning from them, as well.  There is so much history here - dating back to the 1900's when people went to school here!

I asked a girlfriend of mine who teaches high school in Florida if it was odd that I was sad that the end of the school year is quickly approaching and that I wouldn’t be seeing the students over the summer until the next school year.  She laughed and said I “caught the bug.”  I really am going to miss interacting with everyone at the school and being a part of the community in that aspect.  I love knowing I’ve made a difference in some of the students’ lives, and I hope that they will always remember “that one teacher they had while in high school who happened to use a wheelchair.”



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