William Butler Yeats
Yes, I was one of the lucky ones who found a satisfying and fulfilling career that I loved—teaching! When I found my purpose, it was the beginning of my metamorphosis.
I taught grades Kindergarten through Seventh over a 30-year period. Although fifth grade ended up being my favorite age to teach, each grade level was a gift, offering me the opportunity to interact with children at various stages of their development. I like thinking that I helped shape young people’s lives in positive ways and in turn they did the same for me.
I always treated the children in my classes with respect, honoring their strengths and weaknesses, teaching them to respect and honor themselves and others. I encouraged my students to be their best and do their best, and not to be afraid. If a lesson or subject matter appeared too difficult, I was always willing to assist my kids or I would find someone who could, if it was a subject area that I didn't feel proficient in.
Even though I am happily retired, I still meditate and journal daily. I use affirmations when I feel the need to. Art, music, photography, spending time in nature, and movement are also important creative outlets for me.
And, I am happy to say that teaching is still very much a part of my life! I have been a mentor for high school students for the last several years and I continue to encourage students to be the best they can be, to work hard, and I tell them they are exceptional people. It is a part of who I Am - a teacher with a loving purpose.
Teaching was more than a career for me, it was who I was then and am now. I am truly grateful for all the intrinsic gifts I received from each of the children who graced me with their presence in my classroom and on my life’s path. Yes, to teach is to touch a life forever and teaching is a wonderful way of living!
For seven years, Jane has been a mentor with Take Stock in Children (TSIC) and a big sister with the BBBS organization. She also volunteers in a friend’s classroom once a month. Jane will always care deeply about the welfare of all children!