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It’s What Makes It All Worthwhile…

I don’t make much money as a teacher; my dad told me as much when I was eighteen and wanted to go to school so that one day I could teach. But, being the Taurus that I am, and the fact that teaching is in my bones, I decided to go ahead with it anyway. It’s not the money that makes it worthwhile; I don’t know too many teachers that do it for the money. I teach because I love it and I can’t imagine not teaching — it hurts my heart to think I might not be teaching in the fall…

But I digress.

Nights like last night — meeting up with two of my former students for dinner, drinks, music, and interesting conversation are what make suffering through some endless days of grading, or dealing with difficult students (or faculty/administration for that matter!), earning below a living wage, not receiving benefits and having to pay for my own, or any of the other myriad of frustrations that come along with teaching — all worthwhile!

Knowing a student genuinely learned something from me and appreciates it is food for my soul. And knowing a student genuinely likes me is icing on the cake — or whipped cream on the apple caramel tart or the hardened sugar on the creme brule, or a plate for your cock bones (inside joke!).

So, that’s why I teach – not for the money – but because I genuinely care for my students and their learning; I want them to succeed and I want them to inform me of their life accomplishments; and because when it boils down to it, teaching is in my bones and in my heart!

Cheers for now…

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