Monday, May 6, 2013

365 Days of Memories Take Four! -- Day 125

*One Hundred Years from now it won't matter
What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much money I had in the bank,
Nor what my clothes looked like.
The world may be a little better
because I was important in the life of a child.*

Forest Witcraft

Today marked the end of a long journey as I finally finished my student teaching and turned in all of my paperwork. On Saturday I will 'graduate' (though I'm not participating in the ceremony since this is my second degree) and I will officially have my teaching degree.

There is nothing more fulfilling in life then getting to watch dreams come true, and being a teacher gives me the opportuity to be a part of helping others discover their dreams every single day.  I have worked with children for 15 years beginning when I was 13 and started babysitting for my neighbors.  I have been a Lead Head Start teacher for 3 years now and before that I worked in a day care in infant, toddler and preschool classrooms.  I've worked with every age group from birth-5 and I love it!

Nothing, absolutely nothing compares to working with children who come from at risk and low income populations.  Getting to be a constant in their lives, to show them that people do care about them, that education is a good thing and that they are LOVED beyond measure makes all of the hard stuff completely worth it.  

And it's because of this experience that I look forward to the next chapter of my life and can't wait to get back to working with my kiddos!


Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats on your graduation this Saturday!! How exciting!! I have no doubt that you will be an absolutely amazing teacher my friend.

Rachel said...

Thank you :) I sure hope so! I know I've enjoyed it the past few years, I hope my new experiences can only make me a better teacher!