Being a teacher for the first time is brutal. I don’t think people even realize how much work goes into being a teacher, let alone a new teacher who has to prep and create everything for the first time! Teaching is by far one of the most rewarding, yet most criticized, job out there, in my opinion. Although, I may be a little biased.
In my defense though, I’ve felt that way since before I graduated high school!
Between working at two different schools, with two different schedules, and two different cultures (along with all of the personal things I endured this past year), I am so proud of myself for making it to the last day of school this past Thursday. I have learned so much about myself as a person and as a teacher.
Most of all, I’ve learned that I CAN do it. I made it.
That right there is the only way that I can sum up how my first year went. All of the ups and downs taught me so much, and I can’t wait to see how much I change and improve as a teacher over these coming years. Despite all the times that I questioned myself and my career, I can’t wait to be the teacher that I fully want to be, instead of in this awkward stage of figuring out how to make it happen. I’m so excited to continue working with young adults in the classroom, and helping them to be successful. I look forward to continuing to see the looks on their faces when they FINALLY get something that they’ve been working so hard at, or when I hear students say “That was really cool, Mrs. Barry,” after doing a fun lab over recent material.
I am so blessed and grateful that I was able to have a teaching job right out of college. I hope that I am successful in my search for a new job for the 2013-2014 school year!