The start of a new school year can bring about many different emotions: excitement, fear, optimism, stress, anxiety. But no one can deny that there is a buzz in the air as we all rush back and forth in preparation, buying this, cutting out that, copies being made, and seating charts being drawn. And let’s not forget the time and effort that is put into picking out that first day of school outfit. (Yes, teachers do it, too). None of us knows what the new school year will bring, but I know that I, like most teachers, am praying for this to be the best school year yet (especially since I am starting at a new school, with new colleagues, and new students).

So today, the day before I start my 17th year of teaching (can’t believe it’s been this long), I want to offer encouragement to all of the teachers whether you are about to start your first year or your forty-first.

I pray that each and every one of us will start this year with the same optimism and energy that we had on that day when we first declared that we were going to become educators, when we knew that we were going to walk into a classroom and change lives. This job is not for the faint of heart, but it is for those who truly want to make a difference in the world.

I pray we will treat each day as a new day, not allowing any of our frustrations from the day before to get in the way of the day ahead of us.

I pray that we will treat every child as if he or she is our own, giving them the same opportunity for a great education as we would want for our own children.

I pray that we will continue to create innovating and engaging lessons for our students, having high expectations, and demanding excellence from them all.

I pray that we won’t let the way educators are being treated by those who have never been in the classroom or seem to have forgotten what it’s like to be in the classroom to┬átaint the way we feel about our profession. (more…)