Changing subjects, changing classrooms.
Taking on more responsibility than most.
Showing up “just because.”
Arriving early and staying late.
Loving and connecting more than anyone.
Being a friend, an ally, a tutor, and a help.
My roles extend beyond my walls.
Fueled by passion that is slowly being repressed.
Fighting to remember why I started this.
Coping with the incessant need to prove my worth.
“Here’s what I’m doing and what you should do.”
What I should do?
Follow the leader, follow the test.
You think you’re helping by telling me what to do.
You’re showing your lack of confidence in me.
You think I’m not good enough
because I’m not you.
The life of a non-tenure teacher,