Guest blog by FCPS 2018 Teacher of the Year Timothy Snyder
Dr. Alban has invited past and present Frederick County Teachers of the Year to share their thoughts about their profession. Timothy Snyder, FCPS’s current Teacher of the Year, shares his advice for teachers at the start of the new school year.
Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year in Frederick County Public Schools! Whether you are new to the district or a veteran staff member, please take a moment to reflect and reward yourself for your hard work and the steps you have taken to be where you are today. Although the start of a new school year can bring many challenges, give yourself credit for the path you have taken to this point.
As you start this new school year, please remember to take care of yourself. My greatest advice has nothing to do with work. It has to do with everything outside of work. The word is: Balance. Take advantage of the little things in life in order to relax, rejuvenate, and find a sense of balance. This will help you maintain energy and focus in your life.
I imagine everyone has a cell phone. What do you have to do in order to use your cell phone? Charge it, right? Think about that for a moment. In order for a cell phone to function, it has to have battery life. People are very much the same way. We need to charge our battery and recharge after long days in order to be ready for the next day. We have to be charged in order to go into the school building and give our best to students. Remember why you entered this profession. I am sure it connects to making a difference in students’ lives.
How do you charge your battery and maintain balance in life? Reward yourself for your hard work, give yourself some recovery after long days, spend time with loved ones, keep up with your hobbies and passions, and embrace the little things that make you happy.
The bottom line is that you cannot possibly go into school, 100% charged and ready to make an impact on students unless you make time for yourself. Our students need us at 100% battery life. You are in this profession to make a difference. Sometimes it is what takes place behind the scenes and, in this case, outside of work, that allows us to be our best.
I hope this is the most rewarding year of your life. You are making an impact on countless students in what truly is the greatest profession. Again, as you start this new chapter, remember to take care of yourself and maintain balance in your life. It will make a powerful difference; you will see it, and your students will benefit.
I wish you the best of luck as you start a new school year and continue this incredible journey!