In six weeks I will be handing my students over to my long term sub and I am expected to walk away as my husband and I will be welcoming our first child. I know that my number one priority is this little bundle and rightfully so. We are delighted beyond words, and remain patient as we count down in anticipation. That said, I do not believe that one can simply walk away from their classroom. I have so many students who are near and dear to my heart. So many who have found their comfort within my classroom and by way of our established relationship. I have high expectations of my students, yet, I know it to be true that no child remembers a teacher solely based on their teachers deep understand and passion for their content. I find myself wondering if they are going be respected, nurtured, and challenged as I make it my mission to do so every single day. Is my replacement going to love these kids as I do? As I worry, it becomes so abundantly clear that though this is my first baby, I will now have 134 plus one in my heart and always on my mind. I recently went to a PLC where the speaker said to us "don't hope you are the one to make a change in a child's life, know you are the one. I am so fortunate to do what I do, so here we go, full steam ahead.
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