So on those mornings when I am overworked and overtired, it isn't always the kids that get me out of bed. I look forward to seeing my colleagues and know that they will support me, stimulate me intellectually, and above all make me laugh. The type of camaraderie that develops amongst a great group of teachers is unmatched in almost any profession. In higher education, where I worked for nearly 15 years, the environment was a lot more cut-throat and self-absorbed and I didn't have the same sense that we were in it together. Here, everyday I know I am surrounded by people who have a real interest in seeing each other succeed. And we take care of each other.
So while I wouldn't do this job without the sense of purpose I feel and the joy of helping kids discover new things, my colleagues are the real reason I continue to work here.
Hanging out on Halloween with this fun bunch.