Today’s #teacherhero is Tiffany Smith, District Teacher of the Year in Florence Three. Ms. Smith teaches 3rd grade Math and Science at Main Street Elementary School. Here’s a bit of her story in her own words:
What I love most about my job is that every day is distinct. My students ensure that each day is exciting and challenging at the same time. The most satisfying part of my day is when I am working with my small groups and see in the student’s eyes that they truly “get-it.” The hardest part about being a teacher is the lack of time. There always seems to be something that needs to be done even when you finish your “to-do” list.
To anyone considering entering the teaching profession, it is very rewarding and challenging at the same time. I would encourage them to shadow a teacher so that they can get a glimpse of what we do every day. It’s not just standing up and delivering a “bang-up” lesson and having summers off. Shadowing would give them a glimpse of what their future holds; parent conferences, data, staff meetings, grading, creating assessments, professional development, classroom management and so on. Teaching is a challenge but for those up to the task, our children will thank you.