My wife is telling me I need to take a break.
For the last few weeks, I have been spending my time outside of school responsibilities painting and updating our house to be ready for sale. And as it is debate season, most weekends are full of early morning leave times, long days of judging and coaching, and late nights. At the same time, I am developing district programs and brainstorming ideas for administrative initiatives to propose if I get a chance to be an administrator in the next year or so.
I did not use to be a workaholic, so what changed?
For me, it was a desire to prove myself. I want to conquer challenges, and I thrive on challenges. I do not do well just sitting. But lately, even I must admit that I am burning the candle at both ends. And why?
To prove I can be successful.
When I type that, it sounds selfish. But I swear it is not. I strive to work on the house to provide a better one for my family. I strive to coach my students in debate so they will have strong communication skills to serve them well in adulthood. I strive to develop LEADS because I believe our students can make a difference NOW. I strive get an administrative position because I want to IMPACT education by empowering teachers to be the best they can be- in a way I cannot do as a classroom teacher.
See, my success in these endeavors will also be success for others. I do not need to succeed for the success of others to be possible, but I want to be a part of that.
I believe in my family, in my students, in the potential for innovative education, and in my fellow educators.
That is why I strive.
Why do you?
I teach Psychology, Sociology, World History Honors and Debate at College Station High School, as well as coach the debate team, sponsor the TED Ed Club, and I am the Lead Innovator for LEADS CSISD (A student leadership empowerment program for 5th-8th graders). I am an aspiring administrator.