Why I Teach

My response to anyone who asks me about my job as a teacher always goes like this, "I absolutely love what I do. It's challenging, and hard work, but I love it and can't imagine doing anything else."

Why I am an Educator

As the summer days start to sizzle out and July melts into August, teachers across the nation bravely set their eyes on the "Back to School" horizon. Amidst the back-to-school anxiety dreams (waking up from naps like, "What day is it? Where are my students? Am I late picking my class up from Specials?!?") a new positive light is being rekindled within teachers' hearts. The stress, challenges, heartbreaks, and woes of last school year have been sufficiently extinguished after a long summer hiatus, and excitement builds as sparks of inspiration & passion come to light again. This is the sweet spot for teachers, at least for yours truly, when I shift focus on preparing for a brand new year. All that I am left with after summer break are good times, positive memories, and a refreshed spirit, so I use these as crisp kindling to light my fire. What is the fresh fuel? Passion. During this sweet season, I refine my focus and meditate on my purpose as an educator - why I do what I do
In my preparation for this season, I went back through an old journal of mine for personal reflection and came across an entry from when I began my first ever teaching position as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at a private preschool. This entry that I found was written four years ago to the day, and it really struck me. The tone was anxious, and my former self was feeling highly inadequate & nervous, much like I feel now with the responsibility of starting a brand new Pre-K program at my school with a team & district that are entirely new to me. Here's an excerpt: 

"{We are God's handiwork, created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10} When I think about how God formed me and planned for me, I am reminded of how valuable I am to my Father; His approval & unending love & support are all that I need to succeed. Whenever I feel discouraged about my future or inadequate about starting my career, I remember that God already has a purpose for me, and that my future is in His hands. And for that, I am so grateful. Thank you Lord for giving me hope, relief, and inspiration to be the best that I can be and bring you glory in anything that I do. Amen."

Rereading my own past words & prayers was like unearthing a buried treasure. Reading this journal entry helped me to reaffirm why I do what I do: to be a light in God's Kingdom by giving love to His children. I teach because I can serve God best by serving His children. To me, children are the most precious, pure, and astounding things to be around, and I feel called to pour all that I have into building them up with love. I came across the absolutely sweetest quote the other day, posted by a fellow teacher, and my heart melted. I read it & thought, "YASSSSS. THIS is why I do what I do." Quote:

"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become." -Brooke Hampton

Every day during the school year when I stand in front of 22 little humans, I have the opportunity to encourage them to explore & learn, show them how to care for others, and inspire them to be the best that they can be. I have the privilege of having a direct hand in shaping the minds & hearts of the future. How cool is that?! How lucky am I?! What a blessing. I LOVE what I do

Cassie Dixon

Believer | Educator | Dreamer