Embracing Opportunities as a New Teacher

When I was a student in college, I was inspired by Rae Hughart, and I decided to join Twitter. I started doing Twitter chats, and looking back now, about six years later, opportunities have truly come my way because of Twitter. As a new teacher, I felt like I could not make that much of a change, so when I stepped into the world of Twitter, a lot has changed for me. I was able to participate in chats, write a few blogs, start a Twitter chat after a few years titled #newteacherjourney, and start a podcast. I chose to not remain stagnant and take a step forward, and that step forward certainly paid off.  

I started my second year this year at a new school, and I do feel like it is my first year all over again. Last year, I grew a lot as a teacher, and I am lucky to be at a school where the staff and students are supportive. As a teacher, I have some hard days, but I also have amazing days that remind me of my why. Trust me when I say that remembering your why can help you through those tough days that you may have occasionally. I think back to my former teachers and the difference they have made in my life, and that keeps me going. 

I find myself going on Twitter after a day of teaching amazing students, and I feel refreshed and rejuvenated when I go on a Twitter chat. Twitter is my way to recharge. I am no longer afraid to share my voice with others, and I gained an incredible amount of confidence as a new teacher. If you are new to the teaching profession, I highly encourage you to not be afraid to take risks and try something new because that is oftentimes the way you will grow the most. As a newer teacher, you have so much to offer. I was in your shoes once, and I understand what you are going through as do many veteran teachers. Do not be afraid to ask for help and keep moving forward because you are making a difference.

Susan Jachymiak is a 6th grade math teacher in Illinois and the founder of #newteacherjourney. She has a passion for growth mindset and helping her students reach their full potential.