When I began my teaching career almost 25 years ago, I could never have imagined that one day I would be a teacher in an online school. It was as unimaginable to me as a classroom without physical books, college ruled notebook paper and No. 2 pencils.
The journey to my online classroom was a long one, full of many twists and turns. I loved each step of my journey, and the students I met along the way. There were points through the years when I considered other career paths but the draw of teaching kept me in the profession.
There is no other profession that would allow me to run into former students at the grocery store and hear stories of how much being in my classroom meant to their lives, or having the opportunity to watch a student walk across a stage to receive the first high school diploma anyone in their family had ever obtained. These experiences kept me motivated during the tough times that all teachers experience.