Today, my classroom was quiet and still. Tomorrow (bright and early) it will be buzzing with the sound of excited kiddos, flashing cameras and yes...teary mommas. The first day of school is here again, and after 7 years of teaching, I still get butterflies. Tonight I will undoubtedly dream that I've overslept, my car won't start and that I'm covered in my grande americano (and, of course, wearing nothing but underwear). Yes, it's here again and I welcome it with open arms.
To all of my teacher friends out there: have a GREAT first day of school. I just know this is going to be the best year yet. Enjoy your new kiddos, be firm but kind and PLEASE don't lose any of them!!! Remember that you're making a difference by creating a safe environment for your little ones to learn and grow...that's a HUGE responsibility. So tomorrow, when your adrenaline is pumping, you can't quite "shoo" away lingering parents and you're counting down to happy hour...take a moment to breathe in, breathe out...and pat yourself on the back. We've got this!