In his book What Great Teachers Do Differently, Todd Whitaker shares this:
I knew a teacher who taught fifth grade for 38 years. She was absolutely phenomenal— the teacher you wish your own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews could have. Her spark and energy never gave out. One day I asked her how she managed to stay inspired. She replied, “This is my 38th year teaching fifth grade, but for these students, it’s the first time around.”
I hope we all have the same spirit about teaching— no matter how many years we’ve been doing it. Our students deserve our best every single day because we’ll never truly know the impact we’ve had on their lives.