We all remember a teacher who inspired us. An individual who has always believed in us, supported us through challenges, sparked our passion for a topic, or inspired us to keep going when we were discouraged. For me, I was fortunate enough to have many teachers who shaped my academic career and passion for education. In addition to being teachers, these individuals served as mentors, nurses, counselors, parents, friends, and ultimately, role models.
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Stephanie DeLussey, Mrs. D’s Corner
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I have always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I can remember. I was that student who would ask for extra copies of worksheets at the end of a school day so I could go home and teach invisible students in my classroom (aka my bedroom). I remember using my allowance to buy those super cool overhead projector markers and sticky contact paper so I could use my dresser as an overhead projector and pretend to teach. Teaching is at the essence of who I am; it’s who I have always wanted to be.
What is a misconception about teaching that you would love to clarify?
That teachers get the summers off!
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new teacher?
Learn to say “no” and to set hard boundaries. Your contract time is your contract time, and your home time is your home time. You can choose to come in an hour early or stay an hour late each day to get things done, but you have to set hard boundaries to protect your own mental and physical health, and your family time. When you say “no” to something, it allows you time to say “yes” to something else – something that you really enjoy or want to do – especially outside of the classroom.
If you could design your ideal teacher planner, what three things would you be sure it includes?
If I had to design my own teacher planner, it would need to be something that allowed me to plan for all the lessons in my classroom and all of my small groups, while also having space for me to plan for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and IEP meetings. The planner would also need to be something I could customize with spots for my own personal goals, making sure I am taking care of myself… and maybe some inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout to remind myself of my why when teaching gets tough.