Online Education Teacher: Let's Do This!
When I began my teaching career 13 years ago, my mantra was “Let’s do this!”
I was ready to conquer the world!
Help students achieve success!
Build student leaders!
Develop independent thinkers!
And I did…
After teaching in the brick and mortar setting for twelve years, I had conquered it all. I marked everything off my teacher bucket list.
Build relationships with hundreds and hundreds of students and families - check
Make a name for myself in my district - check
Write curriculum - check
Mentor student teachers - check
Serve as team leader - check
Chair committees - check
Win District Teacher of the Year - check
I should have been content, happy, satisfied, and ready to conquer more.
But I wasn’t…
I needed something.
I was missing something. So I began searching…
to find the missing piece.
And I found it!
It was with me the whole time, but I was missing it.
I needed to be home.
But I struggled. I knew leaving the classroom wasn’t going to be the answer. I loved my students, teaching, and making a difference in my community. So what did I do?
I said goodbye to my high school …
and said hello to…
My new world!
Looking at my family and my computer, I said, “Let’s do this!”
I look back at my journey so far and have no regrets. This experience is amazing. I work with top-notch teachers from all over the globe.
My life now consists of…
Daily interaction with students and teachers via Skype
Class Connect sessions
Virtual Field Trips
Through all of these experiences and interactions, I am able to connect and bond with my students on a personal level. This was proven to me at the end of the school year after I received dozens of affirmations from my students and parents. Here is a poem that was sent to me by one of my students.
Mrs. O'Donnell is the best.
She will never give you less
She will help you with non-mastered tests
She even helps you with History essays though she is an English teacher
She will never let you down
I want her to live in my town,
She will always welcome you with a guiding hand and say go to the holding room I am working with Courtney right now. Because she understands all of our differences and never will back down!!!!!!!!!
My life at home has been equally the “best.” Serving as my daughter’s room mom, the yearbook chair, the school photographer, a field trip volunteer, etc.,
These things ignited my fire that was needed as a mom.
And just when I think life couldn’t get any better…
Life surprises me.
My daughter asked if she could attend my school.
“Let’s do this.”