Teacher Feature - Becky Hayes (OVMS)

"Why I Love Teaching"

I love getting to watch students grow not only intellectually, but socially and emotionally as they figure out who they are. Some of the best human beings I have ever known sat in my classroom. What an honor it has been to get to know them!

Every year I learn so much from my students, and I'm so lucky that I go to "school" instead of going to work every day. There are many people who express sympathy when they learn that you are a middle school teacher, but I wouldn’t trade the honesty and authenticity of my students for any other age. I’ve moved from teaching English, to technology, and now digital fabrication, and those years with students have been such a joy! I don’t know of any other profession that allows you to grow and take others on that journey with you in the same way that teaching does.