Someone asked me today what I do if I was not a teacher. This is not something I’ve ever really considered, because I dreamed of becoming a teacher since the 2nd grade. I remember all of the fun things my teachers did for us- like learning songs and projects. I remember looking around the classroom, getting excited for having one of my own someday.
My plan remained the same all the way through high school, so when it came time to apply for college- I never considered anything outside of education. My biggest decisions were choosing between general education and special education, and deciding which endorsements I should work toward.
Now being very honest, teaching is not what I expected it to be. There are so many parts of being a teacher that I love. But it is hard, and we are extremely overworked. I do not plan on leaving education anytime soon.. but going back to the question I opened with-
If I was not a teacher, I know that I would still need to work with children in some way. I am very passionate about foster care, so maybe something in that field. I could also see myself working at a recreation center for children, or organizing a children’s program. I have even thought about what it would be like to run a day care.
Some times I think of working a completely random job over the summer, not related to education at all. I wonder what it would be like to work at an ice cream shop or be a cashier at a boutique.
For now I will stick with “Ms. Langosch, Special Education Teacher.” We will see what plan the future holds.