This is why I do it….

Ok so I have been at a point where I’m just ugh with everything and while I was looking for another paper, I stumbled across this… I wrote this four years ago and it reminds me that this—this feeling expressed in the letter— is WHY I do it

Words from the Heart…

When I graduated from college, my professors said “be stern, don’t smile; students won’t take you seriously if you do (smile).” However, I knew those directions would not work with you all. The way you eagerly entered 807 filled my heart with glee. I said to myself “this year is going to be special”.
On the first day of school we looked at each other with inquisitive eyes w0ndering “what next?” and “where do we go from here?” I remember hearing you ask each other “are we in the special class? Why do we only have two teachers?” Instantly, I knew you all were special but not because you lacked something but because you had so much to offer.
The school year began with us trying to figure each other out. You all did not quite understand my sarcasm and I did not get your humor but we finally connected all the pieces of the puzzle. As the year progressed we hit a few bumps in the road, but we learned so much together. We learned how to depend on one another, reprimand each other, cry together and accept each other for our differences. In the course of several months we created a family that was all our own. No other 8th grade team could understand our bond and often became jealous of our relationship. Nevertheless, we persevered.
We conquered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment and so many other obstacles. Although I stood in front of you daily as your teacher, you all taught me so much. You taught me how to live. You showed me that it is okay to let go and have fun and for that, I say THANK YOU. Many of you said that God sent me here to teach and protect you, however, I know now that God sent each of you to me to give me a new insight on life. Against my will, I had to release you into the uncharted territory of high school. Although it hurt me to see you go, your personal growth is what is most important. Furthermore, to each of you I say thank you for the gift of love and joy that you provided me with each day at FMS. Each of you in your own unique way holds a special place in my heart that will never be replaced.

My love always,

Miss Arnold



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2 responses to “This is why I do it….

  1. Awwwww. That is the reason why you do it. Because of years like that, feelings like that and students like this.. I mean what other job can you end the year with all of that emotion? You’re doing the right thing. It’s a calling… everyday wont be easy.. but everyday you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

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