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Life is a Culmination of the Choices We Make | Kim Powers

My degree is in English Education. I taught writing at the college and the University level for 5 years. I loved it. I enjoyed my students.

But I wasn’t fond of the political games that I had to play. And, frankly, I wasn’t very good at it. On breaks, I mingled among my students rather than my coworkers. I was not thought of as a team player. And I wasn’t.

My classes were always popular. Although they knew that I’d make them work hard, writing more than for any other teacher in their educational careers, they knew I cared about them and their learning.

Students who wanted to learn grammar, punctuation, and how to write took my classes and excelled. Even though many of them had had difficulties learning language skills in the past, they learned from me.

Why?

I convinced them that if they worked their asses off in my classes, they’d learn. Their past failures did not matter. They would learn this time. And they did.

Let me make something clear. I am not a motivator. I don’t depend on motivation in my life. And I will not attempt to motivate others. I think that would be a waste of my time.

Those who learn from me must–yes, must–arrive with a strong desire to learn. If a student has that drive, they can and will learn from me. They have had a 100% success rate.

Those who do not want to learn badly enough are not attracted to me. They would never last in one of my classes.

So if my students were successful and I loved what I was doing, then why did I leave teaching after 5 years?

Well, I had finished teaching the summer quarter. Then we had a month off. That, of course, meant that I had no income for that month. That was fine. I was used to managing my money to take me through times without income.

I had prepared for my classes in the Fall quarter. I had my syllabus and materials all ready. The Fall quarter was always the busiest. Enrollment in the Fall is always the highest of all. Therefore, it never crossed my mind that my classes wouldn’t fill.

Two days before the quarter started, my boss called me. He said, “I have good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?”

I said, “The good news.”

He said, “Your classes filled.”

“Great!”

“The bad news,” he said, “mind didn’t. So I’m taking yours.”

I was shocked. I was crushed. I was out-of-money.

Due to the timing, I had no possibility to get another teaching job. My choices were limited.

Looking back, I now see that I could have applied to do substitute teaching for a quarter. If I’d applied to all the surrounding schools with my teaching certificate, I could have survived that quarter (probably) and remained in the teaching world.

I never wanted to be in that position again.

But I panicked. I sent out my resume to 300 places. I landed a job outside of teaching. I never again applied for a teaching job. Yet I’ve found myself teaching in almost every job or business since then.

I enjoy hiking, biking, working out, & playing. I find meaning in spending time with friends, especially when we get into deep discussions.

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