School starts in eleven days. My classroom is not ready. My procedures are not finished. Lessons plans are not completed and neither are my bulletin boards decorated. This may send some of you awesome, wonderful, and prepared teachers in a tizzy and clicking on another site right now. I completely understand. 😄 It’s just, I’m a little overwhelmed right now. (In a good way)
This is a great responsibility. It’s not one to take lightly.
Last year, I sent my precious little girl to pre-K. It was absolutely wonderful for her! It was absolutely terrifying for me! 😄 Would she make friends? Would I make friends? Will I have done enough? Did I make sure she got all the tools so she will be successful? So many new worries to worry about. (Like I needed more things…) I was turning my daughter over to other people that were not me. This probably sounds ridiculous to some of you! But, I overanalyzed and over worried about my maternal skills plenty enough. I had to give up my primary role as teacher in her life, and temporarily give it to someone else. And that was hard.
What happened? The woman that taught my daughter completely amazed me and solidified my calling to become a teacher. She went far and beyond her calling to a level that few teachers ever achieve. She made a statement the first time I met her at parents’ night. She said that this was her dream job and she was doing what she absolutely loved to do. That made me stop and think about my own life choices, seriously! And it was a pre-K parents’ night. That is how good of a motivator she is, lol! 😄
I remember thinking, “How cool is it that my daughter will get to be a part of this person’s dream for her life?!” I thought that was pretty remarkable. As a parent, I cannot tell you how much confidence was built and worry was evaporated at that conference. And it made me want to be living my dream job.
So I would like to say:
Dear Parents of my Future Students:
You don’t know me. Yet, you are trusting me with what I hope is one of your most valuable treasures. Your child. You have spent years pouring yourself into him or her. You want the same quality or better from someone else to earn a place of trustworthiness in your child’s life. As well you should.
I want you to know that not only do I respect and understand that feeling, but I accept the responsibility with a vow from me to you and my future students.
I promise to you that I will never judge your child based on what she or he is able or unable to do. I accept him or her as an individual with rights and liberties and opinions. No preference on my part will divide my classroom in any way. My students are all equal and will be given the equal opportunities to succeed. No matter what subject I teach, I promise to inform with accuracy and fact. However, I will always encourage debates and challenges to the status quo so they will know when to become leaders in their own generations. I do not take this job lightly, but I do take it willingly. I promise that I will encourage your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, or friend with sincerity and enthusiasm. I want to make your child think, smile, and be challenged everyday at his or her appropriate level.
You can be assured that I am committed to learning about how to be a better teacher everyday. Whether I am listening to podcasts, attending a conference or reading books, it is because I want to be the best I can possibly be as a person. I know that I will need to be emotionally intelligent to handle situations in the classroom. My heart is with the children and with you, their family. I know what it is like to be a mom who is handing her kids off to be influenced outside my control. I am transparent in my position. I believe in being held accountable and open with commications. Some days will be better than others. This is my first year, and I ask for feedback and wisdom from you. Just thought you should know. My door is always open to you.
Dream job starts in 11 days. 😄
Nicky Howell (Vacation shots in Little Niagra, Sulphur & Davis, Oklahoma