This week is #TeacherAppreciationWeek and I have a few things to say: I have a master’s in elementary education. I received a 4.0. I was one of the few lucky ones who was offered a job as soon as I finished my student teaching.
This column, which was published on LinkedIn and highlighted this week in the Teachers Edition newsletter from the U.S. Department of Education, is simply a message from a young teacher who found out that she was just not able to continue in the profession she had long ago chosen for herself.
After reading it, WEAC President-Elect Ron Martin said, “She tells it like it is,” which leads us to the critical question of, “How do we combat this kind of feeling from those who go in to school thinking they want to be a teacher and then end up quitting early on?”
“My answer,” Martin says, “is that we need the union more than ever as we take the lead on educator respect and make sure that we, as educators, own our profession. Teaching should be a profession that is highly coveted because the profession is so important to the future of children and our communities. We need to make sure we are able to retain these caring, qualified and committed public school teachers!”
Here are a few of Aubyn Scolnick’s comments:
I have a master’s in elementary education. I received a 4.0. I was one of the few lucky ones who was offered a job as soon as I finished my student teaching. I spent the good majority of my childhood dreaming about being a teacher. I have years of nannying and tutoring experience. I love kids more than anything in this world.
AND I. COULDN’T. DO IT.
I quit teaching. I finished out the school year after my student teaching concluded, I left the profession, and I never looked back. In fact, I could not have gotten out of that job fast enough.
No matter how prepared you think you are. Or how much you love children. Or how excited you are to change the world, inspire young minds, or even just reach ONE baby who needs an adult to count on. You will NEVER comprehend the challenge, stress, and struggle it is to be a teacher in the US Education System.
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Aubyn Scolnick, who always dreamed of being a teacher, concluded after just her first year in the classroom that she couldn’t do it.