Why Did You Become a Teacher?


I have one of the most interesting jobs ever. I am a high school teacher. Many people cannot believe I love being around teenagers. I have the utmost respect for elementary teachers because I do not enjoy the younger children as much. They just do not understand me. I am sarcastic and love to joke around. High school kids get it.

Every year my kids are enlightened that I am a teacher who “used” to be young and who “has a life” outside of school. You know what I mean. You usually never get to see your teachers except at school. I remember seeing a teacher or two at the grocery store and feeling it wasn’t natural that they were out of the classroom and the school building. Silly, I know, but that is how kids think, even the older ones.

Inevitably, my kids want me to tell them about my college days. They think of wild parties and skipping class, and they just can’t imagine me in that role. Well, they are right. I wasn’t part of that crowd. They are surprised to hear my story.


The Beginning of My Journey - Marriage

First, I tell them I did everything backwards. They relate to this scenario because most kids have an adult telling them they are doing things wrong and in the wrong order. Well, I was that kid, too. I was in high school for the social aspect and cared nothing about my classes. I made decent grades, but I never tried. They are shocked because they think all teachers were always “nerds.”

I go on to tell them that the first thing I did after high school was get married at the age of 18. I was raised to believe girls became wives and mothers. My mother was 44 years older than me and old fashion. She got married at 15 – not with her parents’ approval. I thought that was what I should do, too. My aunts and uncles were completely against it and felt I should go to college. I was not ready for college. I was too immature and stupid for getting married, but no one could tell me that.

I was completely against college. No aspirations at all in that direction. My students are completely taken aback to this information because I am always pushing them to discipline themselves in order to survive in college and the workplace. I tell them that I was one of those kids who would have really screwed up a college career by partying and skipping class. “You have got to be kidding!” is their response. In their minds, teachers don’t and never were supposed to have a life. It is so funny. I go on to tell them I am glad I got married though I do not recommend it at that young age because it is hard. You have to grow up fast when you live with another person who does not do the same things in the same way your family does. At that age, many of us think everyone thinks the same way we do. There were many fights and many walk outs those first few years. It was hard, hard, hard.


Then Comes Baby

Second, we had our son. When I tell them this part, I purposely leave out how long we were married before we had our son. I can see them mentally counting in their heads and wondering if I “had” to get married. It seems to boggle their mind that “Ms. Priss” might have gotten pregnant before being married. Finally, I let it drop that we had been married for two years before we had him. Again, it was hard. Both of us were too young to be dealing with a baby. Juniors and seniors really need to hear this. Some of them are just looking for someone to love. I tell them that the extra responsibility of being married and having a baby is difficult because you have two other people with much higher expectations than even your parents have for you. There were lots of fights, but our son created a responsibility and a mutual love that kept us together. This is not always the case, though.


I Had to Work

Third, I realized I had to work, so I worked in a flower shop, retail, and a grocery store. I could not stand working with cranky customers. So, finally, I decided I want something better for my son and family. I applied for college. My husband was in the military and was working on a business management degree, so we both did things backwards. I had no clue what I wanted to do. Looking at the class, I usually see a few heads shaking up and down in understanding. I reassure them that I had been out of high school for four years, and I still didn’t know what I wanted to be.


I Wanted More

When I went to my college orientation, I followed the group of elementary teacher majors. I decided that was what I wanted to be. So, college started and I was thrown into a world that I was not prepared for because I blew off high school. I would be sitting in class and would hear a word like, “psychoanalysis.” In the far reaches of my mind I could remember that word from, from, from… somewhere. I couldn’t remember what it was or what context it was used in. Of course, my mind was working and telling me, “If you had paid attention in high school, you would know this and it would be easier.” No truer words.

They want to know what kind of student I was in college. I tell them I was a wonderful student in college because there was more riding on it than what I wanted. I had a family at home. I had to keep a certain grade point average to keep my loans, scholarships, and grants. I also realized that I loved studying, learning, and researching. Some of them can’t imagine.

I tell them that you have to feel responsible for your own education, which is why I do not believe parents should pay for their kids’ college (another hub). They have to find something that will anchor them to their education so they can claim ownership. We do not seem to appreciate what we have, especially when we are young, if we do not have to work for it or pay for it in some way.


How I Found My Niche

So, what happened after college? Well, I had to do my student teaching in first grade and in junior high. The first grade segment wore me out. “Teacher, teacher, teacher???” Their little voices drove me crazy – bless their sweet little hearts. We take for granted the smallest things – tying shoes, 2+2=4, being potty trained, etc. I went home exhausted every night and wondered if I had made a mistake. Then my second round of student teaching was in junior high, and I had so much fun planning the lessons and being with the students. Fortunately, I did a good enough job that the principal recommended me for a high school position.

The high school principal told me I had two years on a temporary certificate to get my high school certification. So, back to school I went. I didn’t stop until I got my masters. Now, nearly 20 years later, I still love the job and the kids.


Why Share This Story with Students?

You might wonder why I would share this story with my students. I want them to know I am human, and I had all the same fears and questions they have about life. I made mistakes, but I learned how to turn them into something good. There was no wallowing in my own complaints or excuses. I had to be responsible. I tell them the earlier they understand that there is a reason for their education the easier it will be for them to apply it to life, whether it is in college or in the workplace. I go back so I can relate to them and they can relate to me.



© 2011 Susan Holland

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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

This hub was such a cool read! I could sense your passion, and I really wish I had a high school teacher like you - I bet your students must really love you too!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Charlotte! I do have a passion for teaching. I hope my students like me. :-) We usually enjoy class time, but there are days when it seems like I am the bad guy. LOL They love stories, and this is one they can relate to.


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

This is awesome. I started (but did not finish) college with the intention of becoming a High School teacher. I also love teenagers! And, the best teachers I ever had were the ones who were totally human - good call on letting them know that's just what you are!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

MoChi, you would have made a great teacher with your wonderful personality! Yep, I may be boring, but I am the real deal. LOL They know I am totally human. Kids are so good to pick up on things. I truly do love teenagers. Sometimes they get a bad rap. They are, like all of us, works in progress.


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

They are - and honestly - I believe there's still enough of a child in there that you can really influence them to do good, but enough of an adult that they want to really DO it, and make it happen, you know? Consider yourself blessed, my dear. I'm sure you do already, but God has given you a great charge and a great blessing. May he be with you as you guide our future leaders!


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clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

Wow. That was so amazing. Life was so completely different for you. But Im happy that you actually stuck up with your studies..without letting your family getting affected. Inspiration.


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ivantsoft 5 years ago from US

I first came to work to school back in 2005. I was young and full of hopes. School works isn't as interesting as it might seem. At least for me. Besides, it is poorly paid in my country.


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KK Trainor 5 years ago from Texas

Interesting story, and I congratulate you for finding your niche. I got certified to teach here in Texas and while I was waiting to get hired I began substitute teaching. It was a nightmare for me, not just because I was the "sub" but because I don't know enough about kids. I don't have any of my own and I just can't relate to the attitude they have these days. And the little ones wore me out, as you said. They are exhausting! So, I decided not to pursue the field, but kudos to those who do. It's not an easy job but teachers like you make kids better for the rest of us. Thanks!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Clinton, yes, I took a different route and it worked for me. Kids need to know that the adults in their lives experienced some of the same struggles they do. For instance, "What do I want to do?" "Is now the time to start college?" "Am I mature enough, responsible enough?" I want my kids to know I was not the perfect goody-two-shoes at their age. I hope it helps them and anyone who might be raising kids that are reading this story. Thanks for dropping by!! I appreciate your comments!! :-)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Ivan, no, school work is not always interesting and it can be frustrating. The real reward is when a student comes back after they have left high school to tell thank you. In elementary levels, it might be a hug or a smile that lets the teacher know they have reached the student. Teachers are underpaid in most places in the world. You have to really love it to stick with it. I think it is harder for men who must provide for their families. Are you still teaching?


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

KK, I experienced the same situation as you. I started subbing. I have to tell ya, I hated it and thought what have I done. Then I got my job. Not wanting nearly 5 years of college to go down the drain, I jumped in. I was 27, but I hadn't changed much in looks from high school. I stepped into a high school class on a temporary certificate because I was only certified through eighth grade. My students knew as much and sometimes more than I did in one class. In another, I had 31 boys and 6 girls in a non-college bound class. All the boys were bigger than me, and I didn't "get" their humor. It was a mess. LOL I am not sure I know any teacher who could say their first year was a good one. LOL If so and you are reading [those who had a good first year], please share how you did it!! It took me a bit to figure out how to be the teacher, which in turn helped me be a better mom to my kids. In college it is all theory - not real world. Best wishes to you and whatever you choose to do. We all have purpose, and you may find yours elsewhere. :-) Thanks for reading!!


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acewebdesign 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

I always feel , the life of a teacher is always exiting. Spending time teaching kids is the best part of any Teachers life. I choose to be a Teacher.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Awesome, Ace!!!


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RandomThoughts... 5 years ago from Washington

I find I remember the teachers that added a little 'personal' to their teaching. Praise and commonality are desperately needed at any age through school. I don't feel I got a lot of either. I too am feeling my way closer to the teaching/counselor profession and I am excited to be able to help in children building their self esteem, self acceptance and self love. Thanks for sharing...useful/awesome


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Absolutely, Random! We must connect with our kids and always remember we are the adult and how weighty our words and actions are in their lives. It is not always easy to keep the balance, but we should never resort to tearing down character. That is just wrong!!!! We are there to help students become more well-rounded people through education. Good luck with your decision on teaching/counseling. :-) You will find it rewarding if you have that connection. Take Care and God Bless!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very cool hub Sholland. I think it's awesome that you level with them! My husband and I were just saying we find it odd that all the kids - no matter what age they are - like to hang out at our house. We aren't cool or push overs - everyone has to behave and be respectful to us and to each other. We decided we think the kids know they are welcome here and there aren't that many people that will sit down and talk to them honestly. Plus everyone wants to eat dinner here except my kids! Lol


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Kids love someone giving them guidelines for living. So many do not have that at home, which is why some of them, the lucky ones, show up at another parent's house. They want to talk and be taken seriously and to have fun being themselves. I think it is wonderful you have a home that provides a safe place for your kids and their friends to enjoy. Keep up the good work; it makes my job easier. ;-)


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

You're story is very similar to mine. Although you went on to teach high school (and big Kudos to you...don't think I could do that!) I teach special education to elementary students. I, too, did it "backwards." I got married had two babies and then went to college. My youngest daughter went to many classes with me. I love my job and could never imagine ever doing anything else! Great hub!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Yay for us, Justateacher!! :-) If you are "justateacher," you are just about everything to those kids. Teaching special ed is an awesome position to be in because you see so much and are able get to know those kids so well.

I am exactly opposite though when it comes to the age. I greatly respect elementary school teachers. I did my first eight weeks student teaching with first graders - so sweet, but my energy was zapped everyday because I found it so hard to come down to their level. I actually graduated with an elementary degree. Because I did my last eight weeks of student teaching in junior high and that school had a high school opening, they hired me on a temporary certificate and gave me two years to get it. Certificate and master's later, I am still here. I hope to see a rise in how our nation feels about teaching so our young people will go into it with the love you and I have for it. It worries me.

Thanks for dropping by!! Hope you have a great school year. :-)


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Hope you have a great year as well!


Janice N. RIchards 5 years ago

I taught Junior High special education for forty years. I love teenagers. I am now retired and have time for my writing. I enjoy your page and look forward to reading more. I am about to start my book on a forty year journey as a teacher. The good, the bad and the ugly, LOL

Best of luck to you


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Janice,

Congratulations on your long career and your deserved retirement. It truly is a rewarding profession.

Good luck with your book. I know it will be full of exciting stories. Have you read Frank McCourt's TEACHER MAN? It was very successful. I know you will be too. :-)

So glad you dropped by to read my hub. Thank you!

Best Wishes to you!


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

It's great that you are a true person in the eyes of the students. I agree that being a teacher, you should relate your own story to the kids. It will serve as a source of inspiration and motivation to them. Voted up and rated useful.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Seriousnuts! I hope it inspires those kids who feel bad for NOT knowing what they want to do yet. I want them to gain hope from my story. Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

Great read - inspirational. I teach middle school, people think I'm crazy - lol. I love my students and I enjoy my job. I did not become a teacher until I was 39 - after a long career in corporate management and sales. It is never too late to change careers, study or pursue goals.

Thank you for your hub and wisdom :)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks for the kind words, MissOlive! I have people ask me if I am crazy, too. They just don't know what we do, which, even though there is a lot hard detailed work involved, kids are a blessing in our lives. They are so much fun and sharp and sometimes smart alecks (lol). They keep us on our toes.

Wow, a switch from the corporate world to teaching!! I am not sure which would be more stressful. LOL I do know the kids make it worth it, though. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!! Have a great year! :-)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Sholland, what an incredible story. I thank you for being a teacher. It is people like yourself that make a difference teaching our children and I thank you for that. You are the real hero, making a difference and influence on every student that passes through. You deserve a thank you. And for that, I am grateful.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Lyricwriter, I appreciate your kind words. I truly love the kids and understand when they cannot state what they want to do when they get out of high school. Many kids need more time to mature or to take some time off from burnout. Then, when they go into college, they are there to conquer it and do well. I think we would have fewer college drop outs if the majority of kids would wait a year. Working the minimum wage job and having some responsibility for a year (for me four years) would be encouragement enough for many of the "fence riders." :-) Thanks for dropping by!!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Hi Susan - I'm glad I came by to read this again. I LOVE being a teacher and I can honestly tell you do too! I enjoyed this hub and I really liked your closing. Students need to know we are 'real' and that we had dreams, struggles and road blocks along the way. I want my teaching to go beyond the textbook and you are doing the same. Thank you for being you and for being a wonderful advocate and role model.

Voted up and across! Love the pictures!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Miss Olive!! Glad you dropped by again. Teaching is so rewarding, and the kids are wonderful! They are going through so much when they are getting ready to graduate. When they are freshmen, sophomores, and even juniors, they think graduation is "forever" away. Then they become seniors, and BAM! They are faced with real world decisions, and some aren't sure what they are supposed to do and feel bad about it. I just want them to know that it is okay and normal.

Thanks for coming by again!! Good luck on your venture. You truly are a WONDER! :-) I am glad you like the pictures. I just added them (inspired by you!).


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

What a fantastic Hub! By telling your students about your background, they can see you as a human being. By seeing you as a human being, they can see you as a teacher.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Daisy! Yes, that is exactly what I hoped for when I tell my students this story. Some cannot connect to teachers because they can't imagine them outside of school. I want them to know I am human with the same thoughts and fears that some of them have. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)


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Randy M. 4 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

Funny, I am finding some good links back to Hub Pages by my participation at Red Gage. I teach part time in Costa Rica and find your ideas useful. Voted up and interesting!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Randy! I am glad you found me. :-) I just need to figure out Red Gage. LOL

Costa Rica sounds wonderful. Are you teaching ESL? I am sure your kids are the same as the kid in the states with the good and the bad that comes with teaching.

Thanks for dropping by, reading, and voting!


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vway01 4 years ago

Oh Lord, I must be the second verse to your song! I did the same thing you did! BAckwards! Only I was divorced and working 3 jobs to get us thru. Somehow I made it and hear I am nearly 20 years later. I wouldn't trade my job for the world even though we have had salary cuts, budget cuts, and increased class sizes. It is just what I do! Thanks for the story, I loved it!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

VWay!! High five to you!! :-) Yeah, education has gotten the shaft in several ways, so it is a good thing teachers are the type to take the good with the bad with our chins up. It's a great job!! I am so glad we took our "backwards" route. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading!!


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

It might sound cliche but I teach because I want to share knowledge with others and income/money always follow. If we do it with heart we'll find teaching really a noble occupation.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Agusfanani, it doesn't sound cliche at all. I agree with you completely. Teachers are not in it for the money but for the heart we put into our jobs to help the kids succeed.

Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)


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Steve LePoidevin 4 years ago from Thailand

Great read! My teaching career is winding down and I still love it. Over the years, I have been involved in teaching adult ed, regular high-school math and chem, and all the "bad" teens in alternative education. I have been teaching math in China for the last four years and having a great time. There's no life like it lol. A different experience every day.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Steve! China - wow, that sounds like a wonderful experience! I am teaching in the same town I grew up in and love it. I can only imagine going out to another country. I think that would be a great adventure. I have always taught high school and college classes. Each student is unique, and that makes my days' experiences different. You should write a hub about teaching math in China. That would be fascinating! :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Right on! I taught school for eighteen years (middle school and high school) and every class heard my own personal story because it is so important that they see me as a human being rather than some disconnected teacher who has no experience. I loved your hub and look forward to more from you...and hey, we have the last name which is really cool...my dad's side of the family was from Missouri by the way....:)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey BillyBuc! You are so right! The kids need to see us as humans. Some think we are only in the school building and look shocked they see us out in public. I guess I felt the same way when I was a kid. I just want them to know I am real, and we all have our own path. So many are discouraged because they don't know what they want to do after they leave school. I want them to know that is all right; they're still young.

My husband's family came from Arkansas. It is a small world, isn't it. :-)

Thanks for dropping by, reading, and commenting! :-)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Susan I am in awe! It’s clear to see why you are still a teacher and I stayed only 4 years. I definitely did not have the same passion.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Melovy, I am humbled by your awe. To me teaching is just part of me and a natural thing to do. I can understand not feeling that way, though. I did my first 8 weeks of student teaching in first grade - I have so much respect for elementary school teachers... I could not do it. I almost changed careers after the experience. God must have known I would like teens better. I was already certified through junior high when my first principal called, told me I could be on a 2 year temporary certificate (I would have that time to get my classes in to be certified for high school), and a job offer. I have never looked back and feel so lucky to be a teacher of teens. :-)

Thanks so much for dropping by. I do appreciate your comment! :-)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I think this would be a useful hub to share with those learning to become teachers. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Alocsin! I do share this story with many people trying to decide whether they want to be a teacher. AND, many of my students have become teachers and have taken different routes to get their education as I did. :-) Thanks for dropping by and the votes!


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teachr4life 4 years ago from California

I smiled throughout while reading this...I have shared with classes about my past as well, with very amusing results! The part when I tell them I ran away from home while a junior in high school, hitch-hiking alone from MN to CA?!

Currently, I teach adults with developmental delays at a non-profit program. The participants cannot believe I finished a GED in my thirties and graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in Disability Studies at the age of 50!

Through personal connections the best learning occurs. No matter what age, we are all just helping each other along in the hopes of having the best life possible. Thanks for reminding me of this...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Wow, Teacher4Life! You should write a hub about your story. I know I did so much better as a college student as an adult with responsibilities than I would have if I had gone right out of high school. Congratulations on your prestigious career and story. I am so glad you share it because kids need to know we used to be kids, too, with the same issues that they have.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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dkm27 4 years ago from Chicago

I come from a long line of teachers. My dad said it was the perfect job for a mother, and I had a scholarship, and I went to the same college my grandparents, parents and anyone else in my family attended. I just did it because it was 1970, and teaching is what most girls did. Who knew I would have the time of my life? Teaching is like a little bit of heaven to me. So glad you are out there with the kids.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

DKM, teaching has been a wonderful experience for me. I think we have to have the heart for it. We definitely are not doing it for the money, and the myth about summers off isn't true for most today - it's hard work and love for the kids. You are right, it is "like a little bit of heaven." :-)

Thanks for dropping by!!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I had to chuckle over your words about encountering a teacher in a public place and thinking how wrong that seemed. I always thought teachers were more forbidding and frightening than "regular" people, sort of up there in the alien realm, like doctors!

Your story is interesting and enlightening, not only to your students but to women. Some of us got to where we are by creating a goal and pursuing it; but, I think most get to maturity in more circuitous ways.

I'm sharing your Hub on the Facebook page "A Woman's Life's Work." Voted up, interesting, and useful. :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Sally,

I used to feel the same way about teachers - they were NOT supposed to be seen in public. LOL

I so appreciate your kind words. Thank you for sharing the hub. I will look at the FB page. Thanks for dropping by and the votes! :-) ( I couldn't find the page...:( )


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samadaslam 4 years ago

I have been a famous teacher on my area and that's why I came to read this hub. I remembered my days as you explained your experience in a very nice way that I lost in it. Well I had a debate at what you said in last i.e. Teacher is also a Human. Thumbs Up!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

LOL Samad, yes, teachers are human. I hope you had as wonderful experience as I have. I am glad you enjoyed.

Thanks for dropping by and giving the thumbs up! :-)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Here's the link to the page:

http://www.facebook.com/awomanslifeswork

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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank you, Sally! :-)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Beautiful hub. I'm glad you became a teacher. I'm one, too. I don't know if I'm in it for the long haul, but it's certainly allowed me to meet some amazing people. Voted up - I love your story. :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi CC! This is my 20th year, so I guess I am in it for the long haul. LOL I think my first few years were rough because it took me a while to find my groove. It really is all about that connection with the kids. If you can't connect with them, you can't reach them. I hope you stay for a long time. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and the vote. :-)


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Susan, seems like quite few of us did it backwards.

I too returned to college with 3 kids and luckily a great and supportive wife.

I originally was going to study performing arts as I messed around in a few bands in my youth but when I got to orientation day I switched to science and technology. My other great love.

I have taught both high school and under graduates. I find high school very rewarding.

Great hub. Letting the students know that we too are human is a win win all round. Voted up awesome,interesting and useful. SHARING


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Michael! We do have a lot in common! I have taught undergraduates, too. Now I just teach high school. I teach AP classes and that is just as challenging as undergraduate! I think doing it backwards worked out quite well. It is so important for our kids to know we are human, and we were once young. LOL Some of them can't grasp that.

Thanks so much for dropping by, voting, and sharing! :-)


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

I taught adults English in business offices, schools, airline offices, banks etc in Rome. The students were desperate to learn English for qualifications in the work place asap and the best way to let them feel less inhibited about 'speaking' was to find out what we were all interested in. Once we got that far, we were fine! Inhibitions lessened and 'talking' got a lot better, so did listening and so did the lessons.

Naturally I learned lots about them and that felt really great.

I got a Cambridge Certificate in TEFL when I got a divorce and had to pay for my children's lives and education. It worked out that we made it - through all those hours of teaching.

Really good Hub and voting up etc. Liked the opportunity to share with you.

Thanks


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

GoodLady, thank you for sharing your story! It does make it much easier when you find out what your students are interested in and to share a little of your interests with them.

Thanks so much for dropping by, voting, and sharing!


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freemarketingnow 4 years ago from California

I think it's good that you share your story with them. Students need to see their teachers at peoples with real fears and struggles, and they need to see the importance of education played out. I understand your choice to teach high school, but I really respect elementary and middle school teachers; they are setting the foundation for the children you inherit. I have seen some high schools where the students are too far behind in high school that it is hard for them to catch up and make it to college.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi FMN! I have so much respect for elementary and middle school teachers. I actually have a degree in elementary education with concentrations in middle school English and social studies. I did my first 8 weeks of student teaching with 1st graders. I was worn out! Teachers in the younger grades have such great challenges before them. I am not sure I could do it.

I enjoy being able to talk to my high school kids on their level. That was how I was able to tell them my story because I could relate to them and how some of them were feeling. I still tell them my story.

Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I always thought that it would be more fun to teach the lower grades but after reading your hub I can see why you'd enjoy the teenagers more. I taught computer courses for a few years and I found it such a rewarding job.

Your hub was very interesting and fun to read. It's always nice learning more about hubbers.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Susan! I love teens! I have so much respect for elementary school teachers, though. I did eight weeks of student teaching with first graders. I was worn to the bone when I got home. They were such sweet little tykes, but I found I take so much for granted that they don't know and have great regard for those teachers who are able to come down to their level. It takes much thought and knowledge to do so.

I wish I had more computer experience in my background. I think I would learn as much as the kids in try to research all the new changes. :-)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I am a private teacher for kindergarten and elementary. My mother is being a teacher as well. So, my soul is a teacher. I love this job where I am surrounded by many kids. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and voted up!

Prasetio


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Prasetio, I am sure you are making such a difference in their lives. I admire you so much for working with younger children.

Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)


eslinsider 4 years ago

I got into teaching ESL primarily to travel, live abroad and also I could make better money than I was. It would sound nice to some if I said it was because I had a real passion for teaching or kids.

But I had no clue about teaching initially. Over time I got better and more skilled. But I think it's still a "job" and I can't say it's a calling or something like that.

I think for most it is probably a "job" as I think most people are working a "job" or maybe they have it a bit better with a "career". But that is still the rat race. The ultimate is having a calling.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

ESLinsider, you took a very wise and marketable route with ESL. I don't think any of us know about teaching until we are in the classroom. Up to that point it is just theory and speculation.

I don't know if I have a "calling." When I went for my college orientation and everyone was lining up for the various majors, I just got into line with the teachers. LOL

I don't think of it as "going to work." I say, "I'm going to school." Oh, it is a lot of work, but the benefits of working with the kids doesn't feel right to call it "work."

I hope you are enjoying your work and eventually find your "calling." :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Susan, this is great that you can share with your students. I taught high school for 3 years; that's my favorite age group. I just didn't like all the lesson planning--haha. What subject do you teach? English? Even though I haven't taught high school since 1997 (and taught for only 3 years), I have many students who look me up. I've caught up with a lot of them on Facebook. It's neat to learn about their lives, their children now. Teachers really do have an impact. I'm sure your 20 years has changed so many lives. All the votes, my dear!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Vicki! I think most teachers of all grades change and make a difference in students' lives. I love teaching high school. I can relate to them more. It is fun to keep up with them, too. I cannot believe where all the time has gone.

Thanks for dropping by and the votes!!

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