On Friday night I had a moment where I channeled my inner Mikey’s brothers… You know…
I went back to the school I student taught at to see the Spring Musical, which was Hairspray.
First, the play was phenomenal. I had NO IDEA how talented my students were but DAMN they can sing.
Second, I went to the play because a) my students emailed me reminding me that I promised I would come see it and b) I missed them terribly. I haven’t seen them since my last day of student teaching, when the world supposedly was about to end and most of them were kept home by their parents, and I miss them terribly.
After the play, I stuck around for a bit to say hi to my 2 students who were in the play. Students who had come to the play to support their friends came running up to me, hugging me and saying how much they missed me. Then the cast came out. My one student, who was always a bit shy in school and barely spoke to me, lit up when she saw me and pushed through the crowd to give me a hug. I told her she was great, and she beamed. Then I saw my other student, who always talked to me and reached out to me in school, and she started crying when she saw me. She tried really hard to not let me see she was crying, but I could tell she was crying, which made it hard to keep myself from getting teary-eyed. She told me it meant so much to her that I came to support her, that I always supported her.
That is when I started finding it hard not to cry. I told her to keep in touch and to keep doing great things, and she gave me a huge hug.
I’ve been psyching myself out of wanting to teach where I student taught, as I know it’s very unlikely that they’ll have the budget or the ability to hire me next year, and I had convinced myself it might be fun to work in a school district with money, technology, and the ability for me to give more opportunities to my students.
But you know what? At the end of the day, my heart is in urban teaching. I want to truly make a difference as an educator, and I pray for the love of Cheese-its that I can work where I student taught. I love and believe in those kids with my whole heart, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Plus… they like me. They really like me!