down the sixth grade hallway…
to her door…..
will come to an end. And I miss her already. So, what is it about my young colleague that inspired me to be a better teacher? To be a worthy mentor? Mostly, it was Rachel herself. She is so bright, so motivated, so committed. We need educators like her in our classrooms, and our kids deserve teachers like her inspiring them, showing them that learning matters. How could I not want to make sure that she continued to think of education, of being a teacher, specifically, as something important, exciting, worthy of her dedication?
Because of Rachel, I looked at our curriculum in a new light.
Because of Rachel, I rethought the structure and philosophy behind my workshops, my lessons.
Because of Rachel, I discovered new ways to approach the school year – what was done when, and why?
Because of Rachel, I felt again the excitement of being responsible for the learning attitudes of impressionable students, of being a role model for a learning life.
Because of Rachel…
This lovely young lady has given me so much hope for the profession I love. Seeing her enthusiasm and curiosity, her willingness to dedicate hours upon hours to better herself as an educator, her sense of commitment to her kids…all of this has reinvigorated me. I may be “an old lady teacher”, ( as one student memorably called me!), but I feel very much a fresh, new teacher again…because of Rachel.
Bon voyage, my friend…. and thank you!