Dear Newbies,

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



It’s September. Again. And so the subject of why we do this crazy job is on my mind. Because let’s be honest~ teaching is grueling and rather grizzly. Fangs-in-the-neck intense. Every. Single. Day.


But I feel lucky, having had this teaching life, even though it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. 

There’s heartbreak. There’s triumph. And so much is out of your control.

But it’s worth it. I promise. It is so worth it.


Plenty of mornings, I dreaded the drive to school, especially the cold bleak mornings of winter.


But that first step into the classroom, well, it’s the best feeling ever. One absolute emotional liftoff.

Trust me, there are days when you’ll regret that decision. 243791-where-s-the-blanket-charlie-brown-windows-screenshot-sally

There are times you’ll be tempted to throw in the towel, move to an island paradise and eat roast pig for the rest of your days. Maeva!

But, oh, that classroom. Those faces. The teaching life.

It might just be your paradise.  I know it was mine.



Love what you do, even when the bureaucratic balderdash is mind-riddling.

Know that you are making a difference in the world. Every. Single. Day.

Good Luck, First-Year Heroes!


Toni 9/19/2015