My Dream Teacher Wardrobe

The new semester is gearing up and I’m getting ready to substitute teach for the first time. I can’t contain my excitement! Of course, every college graduate hopes to don the cap and gown one day and land a real-life adult job the next, but that’s not always how it works out. Fortunately, though, having the opportunity to step into substitute teaching in the middle of the school year as a part-time means of work is a dream come true for me.

That being said, I don’t have work every day, so the extra free time has given me an opportunity to spend time with my husband while he isn’t in class, work on my Etsy shop, and dream of the future.

As I’m sure you know, one big-time dreaming platform is Pinterest, and boy do I dream. Via Pinterest I can cultivate giant mood boards of my hopes and dreams, some of which are real goals and others of which are somewhat lofty ideas.

Take a look at some of my ideas for My Dream Teacher Wardrobe! Let’s assume my ideal teacher wardrobe has an unlimited budget to back it up (ha!)

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Basically, I’m a sucker for cozy cardigans, long skirts, simple dresses, and floral print.

Soon I’ll have to snap some pictures of my actual teacher wardrobe for you to see. You can check out my general style board and some of my other Pinterest boards here.

Have any favorite teacher pieces? Any dreamy ideas of your own? Feel free to share!

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I’ve Decided to be a Teacher

 

If I could pinpoint one word of encouragement that I heard the most growing up, it would probably be this: You can do anything you set your mind to.

While many, many times I have fallen short of what I “set my mind to,” I can’t help but look back and be thankful that I was told this so often, of course by my parents, but especially by my teachers. Sometimes that phrase was the difference between trying and giving up.

I realize now that I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have teachers who believed in my ability to succeed. I’ve had so many opportunities, some I’ve passed by and others I’ve taken.

That being said, I know this hasn’t been and isn’t the case for everyone. In fact, I’ve realized more and more how many children around the world are missing out on opportunities for education.

This is why I need to teach.

Not only is there a lack of educational opportunities and materials in general for people in many parts of the world, but there is also a lack of encouragement, everywhere. For many students, I know that success is only a matter of having someone to believe in them.

With all my heart I want to be that someone. I want to tell every single one of my students someday, “you can do anything you set your mind to,” because they deserve that kind of encouragement. They deserve as many of the opportunities as possible that I was fortunate enough to take or leave on a whim.

This is not to say that we lack teachers with compassion, because I had more than I could thank growing up. But the world needs more, and more that show love to every student, who see potential in all people, regardless of background or socioeconomics or even attitude.

Everyone deserves an education.

This is why, from the age of fifteen, if not sooner, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Since deciding this, I have been met with new challenges and opportunities along the way that have only increased my desire to teach.

Today I’m in my second year of working on my BA in Elementary Education at Howard Payne University, where the blessings and opportunities have abounded even more! I’m eagerly learning more so I can teach more, that one day I will be able to support and encourage my students – my students who will be able to do anything. Anything they set their minds to.

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Me on my first day of student observing.

Why did you decide to do what you do? I’d love to hear!