We are the noble, the great and the determined. We have within us the desire, curiosity and strength of character, along with the divine attributes of patience, kindness and charity that enables us to instill wisdom, knowledge, guidance, home training and direction.
We have a divine calling to instruct the rising generation. We have the fortitude to complete the task.
We have undertaken this momentous task for which we are given few accolades. In fact, there are times that we have reason to lament because we are not treated with the respect due those of our qualifications and wholesome desires to be of benefit to those around us. Yet we persevere.
We endure the atrocious behaviors, the scoffs and scorns from the very individuals whom we labor to enlighten. Yet we persevere. We strive to please our students and peers alike. We man the front lines and are pulled, pushed and prodded as we cover classes, proctor SOLs, interact with parents, volunteer to chaperone dances, sponsor clubs and organizations, organize field trips and activities, we instruct young minds, grade papers, take attendance, tutor those who need one-on-one, make accommodations for our students with needs, take pay cuts, pay increasingly more for health insurance, attend more meetings than CEOs, and perform all duties requested of us.
Who are we? We are teachers. Those who do not walk in our shoes determine our pay. Without true knowledge of what we do, they have determined that it is acceptable to treat us so carelessly. We must survive near poverty level in this state while those who determine our pay vote raises for themselves. We are survivors and champions of the underdogs and yet no one advocates the needs or issues of those of us who man the classrooms and prepare the next generation. Yet we persevere.
Our influences endure the test of time and our lessons are written in the hearts and minds of those we teach and will sing our lament to the end of time.