The following is a submission from an educator as part of the Your Soapbox feature, which explores the experiences of educators in North Carolina through their own words. Check out more first person stories here, or if you are an educator, submit your own.
Troubled Days in Education
I really love to work with my elementary children because I get pumped when they are able to read words that they once could not decode, write meaningful sentences and master the complexities of word problems. I also love their sweetness, laughter and budding little personalities!
North Carolina use to be a great state to teach in! Nowadays, the burden and responsibility have increased so much, as we are faced with trying to create great results with less and less. There is no time during the school day to accomplish all of the little things that go into making a school day great for children. So, I am lugging home everything that I need to plan and spending many hours completing these tasks!
It saddens me to have my check deposited each month and to realize that I should go out and work a second job somewhere! The cost of living has increased greatly, while my paycheck has remained the same for so long.
There is so much frustration each and every day in my school, that it is just taking the wind right out of my sails! I’m holding on for now… not sure about how much longer though.