Professional Educators

Quality Teaching According to Me

By Jennifer Skellett, National Board Certified Teacher. Skellet is a 4th Grade teacher in Oceanside, California and an active member of the California Teachers Association.

I heard the other day on the news that teachers are bad, greedy, and bringing down the country’s economy. Such harsh words for what we actually do. More importantly, not true.

Quality teachers on average work beyond their contract hours, donate food for snacks and school supplies because the schools or families can’t afford to buy them. Teachers who work in high-needs schools tend to carry serious emotional bricks home with them due to the fact that their students couldn’t do their homework because their dad was deported the night before.

The work we do in and out of the classroom will never add up to what we get paid. I have never complained about how much money I make. I knew going in to my profession I wasn’t going to be a millionaire. On the other hand, I knew that the job would have security and a pension; both of which are now being attacked in various states around the country.

Teaching is a profession that is incredibly challenging. The reward is not in the meager paycheck we take home, but in the smiles on the faces of our students when they feel successful that day. I suppose if this is what the news media sees as bad, I don’t want to be good.

This post is part of a series from National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) who have been invited to blog about their experiences working in a priority school.

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