I originally wrote this as a comment on Jessica Raleigh’s post, but I wanted it to exist on its own as well. Thank you, Jess, for asking me to reflect this morning.
My original reason for going into education was so that I could teach the books that I loved in middle school and high school for the rest of my life.
That very quickly gave way to wanting to learn from and with the most passionate individuals in the world: students and teachers.
I stay in education because I believe that learning is the meaning of life. That may sound hyperbolic, but I believe it wholeheartedly. True learning and growth is the thread that ties us all together, and it is the only thing that provides opportunity and success.
Some people teach for college and career readiness. I teach so that I can be ready to learn and so that other people can have the skills they will need in order to teach me.
Learning is the thing that I love, and I will follow it wherever it takes me.