Notes of Appreciation.
To my actual teachers
Bryan Anderson, my high school math teacher and my cooperating teacher in my second student teaching assignment. Thank you for showing me that math wasn’t just lectures and students being talked at. Thank you.
To Stimson, who showed me that only a small portion of teaching is your content. (I never did build a bridge. Sorry not sorry.) Thank you.
To Lawler, who taught me a bunch of stuff I thought I’d never use and allowed me to figure out how to use it myself. (I use all of it) Thank you.
To Kat, who showed me how amazing elementary school teachers are and supported me when I couldn’t figure out how to teach 6th graders. (I was never good at it) Thank you.
To Christina, for traveling through our first years together and teaching me the value of teacher-friends. Thank you.
To #MTBoS, those of you who have been here for all my 6 years, who have supported me through pink slips, moves, anger, tears, successes, and summers. Those who I met at TMC and those who I haven’t. Thank you for being in this space with me, it continually makes me better.
To Bob, Wendy, Alan, Judy, Raimie, Angie, and Carol, my first ever real department. You are the kindest group of people I know. You taught me how to connect with kids and how to see student’s understanding. Thank you.
To Renee, Allie, and Brent, who have for this whole year been showing me that teaching is changing (even when you don’t want to). Who allow me in to their classrooms and brains whenever I need. Thank you.
To Tiffany and Kris, who make me think deeper and better about everything we’re teaching and don’t let me off the hook even when I’m grouchy. Thank you.
To Katie and Lindsey, my favorite english teachers, who talk to me about the important things, who let me be crazy, and who allow me to be involved in their passions and subjects even though they are not mine. You make me smarter. Thank you.
And to my mom and my brother, the two most different and yet best teachers I know. My mom for her infinite structure and time management skills and my brother for his unlimited patience and care for kids. Thank you for reminding often me that being a fantastic teacher doesn’t mean one thing. Thank you.
I’m gonna skip the update right now and just say, Happy Teacher Appreciation week. If you’re a teacher, I appreciate you.