This one is for our teachers. As you are organizing your classrooms, creating lesson plans, welcoming new students and experiencing all the emotions that come with a brand new year please know this. YOU MATTER. You are seen and appreciated and an absolutely incredible resource. I know it doesn’t always feel like it. More than ever our children, teens and parents need you to model compassion, kindness, acceptance, creativity and boundaries. They need as many examples of present, engaged, calm, committed and imperfect humans in their lives as they can get. It is a huge privilege to stand before a room of students and share your heart and knowledge. You are changing lives even when it doesn’t feel like it. I promise.
I know that seeing beyond behavior and into the hearts and stories of students can be exhausting. I know that administrations, red tape and curriculums can be challenging. I know that you have your own perfectly imperfect life that can make being a leader feel overwhelming and daunting. I also know that if you have been called to teach, you have what it takes. Do you. Teach to your talents. Use the gifts you have been given, the experiences you have experienced and the wisdom you have acquired to make this year your best one yet. Everyone is not going to like you. You will survive. Use your words and channel your courage. You are not the teacher down the hall and you don’t need to be. You are you. You are the only person who can bring what you have to the precious humans sitting in front of you. And they need it. Shining is contagious. Show them the way. ❤️❤️❤️