I found myself reflecting on why I love working in the field of education this Valentine’s Day. Of course, it is rewarding to grow the next generation of confident and competent citizens. It provides me with purpose. As one of our Kindergarten students wrote, “Love is… helping other people”. And as our superintendent often says, education is the field that allows all the other professions to exist.

Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year, launched #LoveTeaching Week a few years back. This national campaign was created by teachers to celebrate the joys of working in education. Despite some of the challenges facing public education, this remains a rewarding and important profession.

Long-term relationships with students and families are my favorite aspect of being an educator. As a building leader, I am able to be a part of student growth and witness family success stories. I was reminded of that fact in 2 simple, but profound ways this week. On Tuesday night, I was working at my desk when I heard a knock on the front door. A Willowbrook mother and her 2 children brought me a home-cooked meal. It was delicious… and so thoughtful. Yesterday, I received a Valentine over Twitter (photo below). You may never really know when or how you influence someone else’s life. That’s why I love teaching.

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