The benefits of being a teacher…

  • Great hours!
  • Awesome breaks
  • One day is never the same as another
  • Sharing my love of reading
  • Getting to know kids
  • Sharing awesome tools, lessons, ideas, discussions with students
  • Being challenged
  • Weekends off – heck yeah!
  • Awesome pay….hahaha
  • Really?  It’s all about the kids.

And that’s why being a teacher is also one of the hardest jobs in the world.  Earlier this school year (on labor day to be exact), we lost one of our seniors in a car accident.  It was absolutely devastating.  I’d never attended the funeral of a child before – much less a student.  While I thought that was hard, this week is turning out to be harder.

Wednesday before lunch we got the news that another of our students (one of my Honors sophomores) died in a car accident on the way to school.  Right now as I sit here is the first time I’m getting the chance to truly process what’s happened.  I can’t quite come to grips with the fact that this hilarious, beautiful, talented girl will no longer be a part of my days.  I swear to you – I have never seen this child with anything other than a smile on her face.  She’s one of the few that I’ve known since her little ‘ol 7th grade days when I had the opportunity to coach her.  It just seems unreal to me that this girl who’s so alive….isn’t anymore.

While I love my job – I just can’t handle this type of thing very well.  R.I.P. Natalie – you were amazing.

About keepingupwithkate

reader, runner, teacher, wannabe crafter
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1 Response to The benefits of being a teacher…

  1. Danielle says:

    I am so sorry Kate. You’ll be in my thoughts.

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