One of my students paid me the biggest compliment the first week of our new semester with one sentence, “Mrs. Shaver, you got style!” Let me tell you first hand, teenagers are not easy to impress and will tell it like it is whether I want to hear it or not. So hearing one of my sassy 16 year-old students tell me that I have style is a huge deal. I don’t care who you are, that will make you smile.
In case you’re new here or don’t know me personally, I have been a high school English teacher for five years. I’ve learned way more in these five years about dedication, hard work, and the joy of making a difference in the lives of others to better our future generations than I could ever describe. A big part of me is sad to see this chapter come to a close in June of this year as Robert and I have chosen the opportunity for me to be a stay-at-home mom to spend more time raising our own little one, but I know I can look back on these years with warm memories of the 800+ students I have taught.
From the day I set foot in my new classroom, I didn’t want to only make it a place to learn; I wanted to make it a safe haven, a place where my students felt comfortable and accepted and, nearly as importantly, where I could find an escape in my own place of work. At the same time, teachers can only do so much with so few resources as money is always tight in education. Plus, what money there is primarily is used for lesson plans and teaching resources. So after pulling every trick in the book, I think I made it happen.