Recently, during my annual review, my administrator, after going over all of my academic goals and achievements, asked me, “What are you most proud of about your teaching?”

Without even taking a second to think, I knew the answer… and it had nothing to do with academics.

I’m proud my students come in each day with a smile.

I’m proud my students are excited about learning.

I’m proud my students understand, no matter what might be going on outside of school, our classroom is always a place they feel safe.

I’m proud of the hugs they relish on me daily.

I’m proud of the way they smile at me.

I’m proud my students know I love each and every one of them.

What are you proud of?