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Member Perspective: Bigger & Better
posted by: Alana | October 05, 2016, 09:43 PM   

As I gear up to start a new job and a new school year, my mom came to help me. Mid-August is not only my busiest time of year, but also my husband’s. I am so thankful that my mom is often able to come and help out. As I was discussing my new job with my mom last week, I explained how I’ve finally accepted my calling.

“Last year I was looking for something bigger, better. I wanted to leave education or move up in some way. However, as I interviewed and then accepted my new job, I realized that I am a teacher.  This is what God has called me to do.”

My mom looked at me and said, “What could be bigger or better than being a teacher? I am so proud of you.”

This simple comment changed my entire perspective. I had previously considered becoming a special education director. My husband and I struggled through this decision as he told me he did not think that I would enjoy that. I was frustrated in the classroom and thought that the answer was to leave. At the end of a very difficult school year last year, I received many affirmations that I was a good teacher. I had many comments from students and parents. All of the frustrations and challenges were worth it when I learned that I made a difference for students.

Read more about AAE member Michele Uetz's story in the latest edition of our flagship newsletter, Education Matters.
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