It's just six weeks until I venture into my tenth year of teaching. And what a journey it has been. Ten years ago I was a nervous college grad who was taking a gamble on learning if teaching was in my cards. Secretly, I had always wanted to be a teacher. I was the little girl who used imaginative play to "teach" my homework as a lesson to the imaginary class of students sitting before me. My closet doors were my chalkboard. But the older I got, the more I succumbed to the pressure of building a career the way my parents and grandparents had wanted me to. Medicine was never in the question and while studying for the LSAT I realized that I owed myself a year to explore this desire of being an educator. I loved working with young people, loved learning, exploring and reading, and deeply wanted to help make a difference in the world. So, in July 2009 I signed a contract with a large all-girls high school in Brooklyn, New York.
I could never have written the script for what my educator experience would be. It has most definitely been a journey of growth, learning and relationships.