I think we all know what the end of the school year is like for teachers. It is a whirlwind of grading, activities, parties, more grading, and continuations/graduations/any-kind-of-ations. This blog post has been on my to do list for going on a month now, but of course the 40 essays and 54 finals I had to grade, the 40 report card comments I had to write, the talent show I had to plan, and the graduation speeches I had to write took precedence.
It was such an honor to see those kids, who I had seen grow up from the age of 9 to 14 or 15, graduate and head on to many amazing high schools. When I finally had that moment to reflect I remembered, in spite of grading almost a hundred papers, writing a few dozen report card comments, speeches, and organizing an all school event in the span of three days, this job is worth it. That is why I do what I do on both fronts: because teaching is extremely rewarding emotionally, but needs more rewards financially.
And so, just week one week out of school for the year, I am already planning an anxiously awaiting the next school year in August. I hope you all are feeling the same!
Emily Baker has been an educator in North Denver since 2012. She taught 4th grade for many years, before transitioning to Middle School English. She loved her job working with children, and now her job as a realtor. With Equity for Educators she is able to combine these two passions.