I’ve spent years chasing this white rabbit of fairness, equity, and justice that keeps disappearing around each corner. I teach Kindergarten in a large urban district, most of my students are English Language Learners and all but a handful live in poverty. I was a Teach for America teacher and I am still working my original placement school. We are ranked as one of the lowest-achieving in the state and we continually miss the mark when it comes to AYP. Teaching doesn’t pay enough and I work too hard but I love my job. Not many people can say that they’re doing exactly what they want to do each day.
I don’t teach because I love to do it or because I think I am especially good at it. I teach because I believe in social justice and I believe that education is the most effective form of social justice work that there is.