Teaching is a “passionate” career and like most teachers l threw myself into it withholding nothing.
After over 8 years in the educational sector; from the classroom to management and now in the EdTech space, here are a few regrets l have:
👉🏼🥺I regret buying into the lie that teaching is a second class profession. Often times, when l would introduce myself as a teacher, l would feel less inside. This affected my confidence and the way l projected myself so l missed out on a lot of opportunities.
👉🏼🥺I regret overworking myself and neglecting my health. I recall instances where l would stay late into the night at school grading papers or doing one administrative responsibility or the other. Apart my health suffering, my home also suffered. Even while sick, l still was expected to show up at work and l did. Looking back now, l regret not creating work boundaries and going on vacations.
👉🏼🥺I regret taking rubbish! What l mean by that is that l didn’t give attention to my mental health. I allowed myself be walked over, berated and insulted just for the sake of a job. I internalized those hurtful words and it showed up in my performance and self perception. I wished l had left that toxic space sooner than l did.
👉🏼🥺l regret not giving attention to continuous professional development. I gave all my time to my job and there was none left for my personal development. Oftentimes teachers make this mistake and when or if they get fired or leave their job, they find themselves ill equipped to seize other opportunities that present themselves.