Teaching really isn’t about the paycheck.  It’s about changing lives, building futures, and creating leaders.

Being a teacher can be overwhelming and exhausting at times especially if you teach from your heart and soul.  Many students will fight you tooth and nail about every paper, every test, and every assignment.

What inspires me to teach year after year? These two simple words, Thank You!

At the end of each year, two or three students either apologize for their misbehavior or they thank me for all of my hard work.

Food for thought: Appreciation and gratitude go a long way.

There are millions of teachers around the world that really care about their craft and how effective they are at implementing it.  I always tell people that I teach to the student and not the subject.  Since I am an English teacher, my primary job is to focus on reading, spelling, and grammar.  That being said, I am willing to put a perfect grammar lesson aside in order to motivate a student about life and goals.  At the end of the day, it’s their heart that we are after.

If you are a teacher, mentor, pastor, counselor or tutor, please use every moment as a teaching moment.  If we work together, we can change one mind at a time!!

This article can also be viewed on the Children’s Writers’ Guild website.


Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

5 Thoughts on “Teachers Who Care

  1. Dianne Ervin on May 31, 2014 at 12:08 am said:

    Your love and passion for your students and youth in general are to be admired.

  2. Michael V. on May 31, 2014 at 2:01 am said:

    Being a student of Ms. Bourgeois taught me a lot of things. She taught me how to write better, read better and not just that, she also taught me to respect other people and treat them how you would want to be treated. Ms. Bourgeois is a great teacher and I thank her.

    • Joseph Marshall on May 31, 2014 at 4:06 am said:

      Man where do I start? Boy oh boy! Being in Ms. Bourgeois class was a great experience in my life. Luckily, I sat in the front of the class. I learned sooo much from Japanese Haiku to being helpful to others. Not to mention how amazing she is as a teacher. Being in her class for 11th and 12th grade was the best decision I made. She also taught me the true meaning of leadership and responsibility when it comes to reality. I do believe until this day that she is one of the BEST ENGLISH TEACHERS at our school. Even when it comes to personal problems, she is the first person I would talk to. I still go visit her to tell her how I’m succeeding in life. To be honest, Ms. Bourgeois is an amazing woman and I’m honored to have had her as my teacher. I just want to thank you for being there when no other teacher would listen. Ms. Bourgeois, I truly do appreciate your effort that you put towards our lives.

  3. Jacqueline Webb on June 6, 2014 at 12:21 am said:

    I loved to read when I was a kid. It was my escape from my reality. Now as an adult my appreciation has been revived. Taneeka, your passion has awakened what was dead in me and I look forward to sitting down with a good book now. You are making your mark in the world by educating tomorrow’s leaders. Job well done.

  4. I just want to thank everyone for visiting my blog and posting a comment. Teaching is my passion and I’m grateful that others can see that.

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