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My Kids

I’ve had this window open for probably an hour now, and I’ve been staring at the tab saying “Blogger: Kate the (Almost) Great” while going about my other online business.

When you read this, it will be my last day of my first year of teaching. Somehow, I graduated from college over a year ago. Somehow, I survived my first year. Somehow, my students KILLED the state test (I nearly cried whenI got the scores. They were so good.)

I’m having a hard time accepting that this first year is over and I won’t see my students until August, and even then they won’t be mine any more. (But let’s be real – they will always be “my kids.”)

quotes about teachers and students
I have been through a lot this year in all aspects of my life. This past year, I have:
– taken 12 sick days
– had 1 ER trip
– dislocated my knee at least 3 times
– potentially tore my meniscus (finding out for sure on Tuesday)
– had a long-term relationship end
– been horribly and irreversibly betrayed by someone who was my friend for 4 years
– experienced the highest anxiety for a prolonged period of time that I’ve ever dealt with
– felt torn down and like a major failure

This past year, I have:
– showed a student that our school isn’t that bad
– inspired kids to work through difficulties
– taught my students so that they knocked the EOC out of the park (our school went from 13th to 6th in the district for English I scores)
– taught with a dislocated knee and a (most likely) torn meniscus
– been a force to be reckoned with
– stood up for myself
– worked full time and supported myself successfully even though I have a severe autoimmune disease
– been told that I made a difference in a student’s life
– helped students improve their writing
Without a doubt, it has been a difficult year. But as my mother said, I’ll only have one first year of teaching. I have learned a lot, and I have plans to go to trainings and conferences over the summer to learn even more. Learning never ends for all of us. They have learned a lot (whether or not they realize it), and I have, too. 
Great messages from my students
I don’t know what the future holds for me. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to teach full time, let alone work full time. But I do know that I love my job and have made it through the first year.

On a completely different note, I’m offering my editing services this summer! It will be $5 per 200 words, but if you have a longer piece we can discuss prices. If you want me to edit a post, a page (like your About Me page), an important email, pretty much anything, just let me know. I majored in English and secondary education (with a concentration in English education) while at Vanderbilt, and now I’m a high school teacher, as you know. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good with grammar and editing.

To order my editing services, go to my advertising page, and look at the very last item – “Custom Drink Order.” That’s it! And, for a limited time only, I’m offering 50% off. Use the code “goodbyestudents” when you order! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to tweet or email me. 

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  • Reply Illegally Blonde

    Amen to the end of the year, but you have done so much! See this as an opportunity to regroup and refresh yourself! And congrats on your students' success.

    May 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Brittney, Breaking Free

    I graduated college a year ago but wasn't able to find a teaching job. I can't wait to experience my first year teaching and get back in the classroom. Congrats on a successful first year.

    May 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Kellee the Caffeinated

    Not only have you accomplished so much in one short year, but it sounds like you have made so many young people's lives better!!! Congrats to you and your amazing year!

    May 31, 2014 at 3:49 am
  • Reply Kenji

    Congrats to you! It's not easy being a teacher, let alone doing it with injuries and autoimmune disease. I can barely work as a receptionist with RA, never mind taking care of kids and teaching them. I tip my hat to you!

    May 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    This is so inspiring. I was thinking about becoming a teacher a lot and honestly reading your blog has only motivated me more. Thanks for being you!

    June 9, 2014 at 2:21 am
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