We want you to be a #wannabeteacher
My name is Kathleen Trace. I am a practicing high school English and journalism teacher, currently in my 13 year. All opinions are my own and do not represent my school or school district.
I know some of my classmates from high school and college look at me and don’t think I met my potential. I graduated third in my class from high school and Magna Cume Laude from The College of William and Mary, then left a masters program at the University of Virginia with a 4.0 and I’m just a high school teacher (here are some unexpected reasons why). That’s what people say to me. Or I get the look like oh so sorry you’re just a teacher.
But I determine what success is to me. I choose to be a teacher and plenty of other paths were open to me. I come to work every day looking forward to seeing my students because I get to offer them opportunities no one else will.
I get to make a real difference in kid’s lives while there is still a difference to be made.
I get to be the person in a teenager’s life who loves them for who they are even if their peers or parents don’t.
I have been teaching for 13 years with an average of 150 students per year which means that hopefully I’ve positively impacted the lives of around two thousand individuals.
Bottom line, I think teaching is the most noble career there is and I am terrified by the prospect that so many potential teachers are turning away from a career that could be so fulfilling to them because of the money or the lack of prestige.
My goal is to offer a space that encourages future teachers and helps them find their paths to successful careers in education so that they too can make the world a better place.
If you like the blog and want a more concrete step-by-step guide to pursing a career in education check out my book, A Wannabe Teacher’s Guide: Getting Hired, Having Fun, and Staying Sane.