Teacher of The Year
March 2, 2020
On January 21, 2020, the announcement was made, in front of my entire class, that I had been nominated and voted Teacher of the Year for our school.
Ten days later, our staff received some devastating news regarding one of our beloved colleagues. Not long after, we received more heart-breaking news. Over the next couple of weeks, the bad news would keep dropping like bombs over Baghdad.
Needless to say, the excitement and joy of being chosen as Teacher of The Year quickly waned. It seemed insignificant compared to what our school was going through. Of more importance was letting the people I cared about know I cared about them; for no one is promised tomorrow.
In the meantime, I completed my Teacher of The Year application, submitted it to the district office, and continued to plan and teach what I knew my Scholars needed everyday. I had resolved to "just keep swimming" until Spring Break, then on to Summer Vacation.
But, today, a thing happened.
Today, my school, my administration, my people celebrated their Teacher of The Year.