About

Updated November 2014

The seven years I spent teaching high school English made me realize there are so many talented and caring teachers who should be honored for their work.

Despite the many pressures they face, these teachers give their best each day because they care deeply about student learning, improving their craft and helping fellow teachers.

This blog is a space for the stories of these (extra)ordinary people.

I have also included my own reflections on being a teacher, from lessons that worked, to how life changed after I quit teaching.

Teachers: I hope your time here will help you feel appreciated and less alone after a challenging day (or year) at school.

Aspiring teachers and those who haven’t taught: I hope you will better understand what it’s like to be a teacher.

For more on why I started this blog, you can read my first post.

Please contact me at thosewhoteach[at]gmail[dot]com. I’d love to hear from you!

26 thoughts on “About

  1. This is a wonderful idea for a blog! I work with several organizations who regularly recognize amazing teachers in our state. It takes great teachers to grow great students!

  2. I volunteer my time going to schools presenting civil war programs. Currently I have been presenting civil War music programs. From that perspective I get a little window into the world of public education.

    • Hi Curtis, Thanks for reading. Your story made me curious about music during the Civil War. What kinds of school groups have you presented to? How has this volunteer experience made you think about teaching history and about public education overall?

  3. I work as IT teacher at Princeton Public School, Jalalpur Pirwala, Pakistan. And I’d love to be a part of this web-blog. I was also searching for blog-for-teacher and I found yours which is great.

    Best of Luck!

    AbdolRauf

  4. I run a website/blog, http://www.teachersspeakup.com . The aim is to help teachers tell the story of their excellent classrooms and build our “brand,” so to speak, through positive communication. And you’re doing it! I hope you’ll visit our site and spread the word about it — as we will for yours. Best wishes,
    –Steve Zemelman

  5. I am a first year high school English teacher and I want to thank you for all of your advice. I love your blog! I was wondering if you could do a blog post on teaching Shakespeare, specifically whether you focus on translation more in class, or on finding deeper meaning and connection to our current world. Thank you!

    • Thanks for reading, Francesca! Hope your first year of teaching is going well. I’ve been meaning to write a post on teaching Hamlet that addresses your question. Will let you know when it posts!

  6. Pingback: Life After Teaching, Part Three: Yup, I Joined the Club. | Those Who Teach

  7. Resigned Friday March 13th from teaching English for 23 years. Inspirational website and related blogs. Exciting times ahead!

    • Hi Michele,
      Exciting times, indeed! Congrats on taking the big step, and welcome to the former teachers’ club! 🙂
      Thank you for reading and commenting — I hope the blog continues to be useful to you.

    • Hi Chrellie, thank you for reading! Absolutely agree that social services has a lot in common with teaching — both call for compassion and the will to face overwhelming obstacles.

    • Hi Tracey,
      Thank you so much the nomination and the anecdote you shared — they mean a lot to me. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can accept since I don’t meet the follower requirement… In any case, I loved getting to know you through your responses, including your hidden talent (heehee) and how your grandmother inspired you to teach. Thank you again.

      • I thought the notes on your site showd you just under the number of followers… oops! I do love your site, and it is very valuable for us in the teaching profession especially.

  8. I have been teaching for 16 years in Ontario, Canada and am reaching my physical and mental limits. I am finding it very hard to be part of a system that I really don’t feel is best for the children in my care every day. I am experiencing a lot of physical stress and had my first ever in my life anxiety attack two years ago. There is no balance in this career and I find that my own children and myself are often left short-changed because of my job. How do I get out? What do I do from here?

  9. I was searching for life after teaching posts in Google and was so glad I saw your posts….
    I was an English teacher too but gave it up for greener pastures overseas (here in the Middle East)… Was having doubts recently if leaving teaching was all worth it… Your posts reminded me it’s all okay 🙂
    Thanks!

    • Hi Nikki, thanks for reading and sharing. Always a pleasure to meet a fellow former English teacher. 🙂

      I’ve had my doubts, too, but overall I’m satisfied with my choice. Glad you’re feeling better as well — and happy to know the blog played a part!

  10. I’m so glad I found this post. I believe I made the right choice to leave the classroom, but now what’s next! I will be reading more of the remarks, as I am seeking immediate guidance.

  11. I am also glad I found this blog. I’m on the cusp myself, but unlike a lot of the other posts I honestly don’t want to anything to do with the school system after teaching. I respect those that do though, and I hope to share my experiences and contribute to this community.

  12. I left the classroom 5 years ago, after teaching for 10 years. I work in a cubicle all day and I don’t like it. I think about going back to teaching, often. I’m so torn because I’m afraid of the anxiety and stress that comes with teaching

    • I have heard that a lot, the cubicle life tends to be a drag, but when you have those moments when you want to go back why would you want to go back to teaching instead of doing something else?

  13. Your blog is so encouraging and supportive. Thank you for sharing your experience in transitioning away from teaching. It gives hope to us who want out as well but hesitant to make the jump. All the best to you!

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