I love all my students, but there are some who have earned a special place in my heart. These are the students I will remember always. These are the students who are more than my students. They have become my friends.
Yes, I know they taught me in college to never become friends with my students. There is supposed to be that clear line between teacher and student. But, they weren't exactly honest with me in college. They didn't tell me how hard teaching was going to be. They didn't tell me about the politics that come with working in a school. They didn't tell me about the drama. They didn't tell me how much my life would be impacted by high stakes testing and teacher evaluation programs. They didn't tell me about how much I would grow to care for the students that call me Ms. Hagan. They didn't tell me that some days there would be more important things than achieving the objective that I spelled out on my lesson plan. They didn't tell me how emotional teaching was. They didn't tell me what it would feel like to constantly give of yourself, with no guarantee of anything in return.
So, maybe I am breaking the rules. Maybe I will regret this some day. But, then again, maybe not.
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