Once again I am at that place. I no longer feel safe in a building with other teachers and staff, as well as students. The potential of contracting COVID-19 is too great. Last weekend I turned in my keys and emptied my classroom.
Many tears were shed by me, my colleagues, and my administration. As the dust has settled, I started thinking about what is most important to me as a teacher. Mostly, I just want to help. I am a teacher and have come to the conclusion that I will never retire because I will always be looking to help someone learn something new or learning something new myself.
As parents are struggling with decisions about how to keep their children safe and continuing their education, there is a growing pool of certified teachers that are just not ready to give up. Stay safe, yes! Give up, no!