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Why do you teach? The answer to this question for me (in its most simple form) is because I truly enjoy children and I am dedicated to showing each child how amazing they are. It is this answer that I go back to time and time again when I feel challenged.

A person I have always looked up to and continue to do so is my grandmother, whom I affectionately call “Nana”. Nana has always been a strong presence in my life and is a person I aspire to be like. Nana is always there for me and has been so supportive in my journey as an educator. She allowed me to live with her college, as her house offered a much shorter commute to and from school. Every day when I got “home” from school she would ask me about my classes, inquire as the latest tests and assignments, encouraged me through challenges and of course, celebrated my successes. When I received word that I had been hired by Harford County Public Schools years ago, I was especially excited to share the news with Nana. When I told her about my position as a special educator Nana was excited, but shared her reservations stating, “I’ve heard that the paperwork drives teachers away. Are you concerned about this? How will stop yourself from being a statistic?” I can vividly remember my response: “ I will remember why I got into this in the first place.”

As a teacher or educational provider for our students, we are at times, presented with circumstances that bring us back to the question “Why do I teach?”. What is your answer to this question? How has it evolved or remained the same in your journey as an educator?

Thanks Nana! Love you!