Dear First Year Teacher...

Dear First Year Teacher...

Dear first year teacher,

Congratulations on your new job, and welcome to the teaching world! We need you! 

I am not going to sugar coat it. This upcoming year will probably be one of, if not the, hardest of your life. Some days you will cry, some days you will come home and collapse on the couch, and some days you won't know how you are going to make it through another day or the rest of the afternoon. I'm here to tell you that you can make it through. It will all be worth it. 

It will be worth it when you see the light bulb go off, when a student finally "gets it." It will be worth it when your students solve a social problem on their own, without involving you, showing their independence. It will be worth it when you see your students going out of their way to be kind to their classmates. It will be worth it when your student who struggles to read is enjoying one of the books you bought in hopes you could engage them in literacy. It will be worth it when your teammate or your principal mentions how much of a difference you are making in your students' learning. Those moments won't happen every day, but they will happen.

So keep your head up. Know that good days will come, even when there are bad ones. Know that your influence on your students is irreplacable, and know that, at the end of the day, you did your best to make those little lives even just a little bit brighter.

Best of luck!

Ashley Lewis

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