OK, I am the luckiest fool who ever stumbled into a teaching career. Other teachers may want to smack me. I know you had trouble finding a job, you’ve dealt with awful principals and nasty colleagues. Just trust that I know how lucky I’ve been.

September 11, 2001 was my first day in front of a classroom, my first day as a sub. There was a computer teacher who was seriously ill. My high school told me “if it works out we may want you for a few weeks.” With the school shuffling paperwork (I hadn’t even started a credential program yet) I stayed in that same classroom through the year.

It’s almost ten years later and I’m still at the same school in (essentially) the same job. Things have evolved. My HS has become the technology leader in the district. I started up a tech academy at the school, handed that off, and now lead a digital art program. I teach computer graphics, web design and video (oh, this year I also supervise the yearbook).

I never imagined being a teacher would bring me such joy (well, there’s also the heartache). I love my kids and worry about them (heavy sigh). At the age of 50, my world turned upside down when I entered that classroom and I’ve never been happier in my life.


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