The struggle is real.I first stepped foot inside of the classroom as a teacher four months after my husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack.Our son was only five months old when this happened. So here I was, a clueless first-year teacher, a 24-year-old widow, and a single mother of a very strong willed baby boy.When I say that the struggle is real, this is not just a cliché for me.But that was 10 years ago. Since then I have taught four different grade levels in two different schools. I’ve overdosed on caffeine while working full-time in the classroom sometimes with no teacher assistant, and going back to school to get my Masters degree in Education.
I’ve sat in the principal’s office of the very school I worked in as a parent because my son was getting in trouble in school. In my mind I have quit 100 times only to go back 100 times more because I love teaching that much.
The biggest lesson that I have learned is that, despite the real struggles of transforming learning in 21st century classrooms, and working full-time as a single parent, the struggle is not only real, but it is breathtakingly beautiful.
I felt like a fat, squirmy caterpillar when I began this journey; feeling like I was barely getting by. Overwhelmed by the daily demands of life, I cried myself to sleep many nights wondering when and if things would get better.
Now I realize that not only have I learned to transform learning one lesson at a time for my students, but the process of teaching and learning has also transformed me.
So I welcome you to The Butterfly Teacher!
Consider this a garden of inspiration and ideas for your teaching journey. Whether you are working in a public school, private school, or home school, here you will be able to find so many things to help you navigate the beautiful struggles of transforming learning in your own way.
I share experiences I’ve had in and out of the classroom as well as valuable resources that you can use for teaching in your own classroom.
So let’s grow together! I truly believe that it’s not how you start, but how you finish that makes all the difference. Let’s finish beautifully!