Together, we are number one

Together, we are number one

August 14, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I’m actually a first-generation college
student. My family comes from a working-class background. My grandfather was a sharecropper my mother joined the military at 18 when she had me. So, I
didn’t come from a family of educators. In that sense I think we’re all
educators in some kind of way but, it was just something in me. I’m not
entirely sure what it is. I’ve always enjoyed and loved school. In my youth
I’ve always looked up to my teachers as mentors, and my coaches as mentors, and so maybe that had that had something to do with it as well. I’m so focused in early
childhood education and early intervention because I wanted to work
with children and families that had special needs. My family had friends that
had children with special needs and I really enjoyed working with them and
teaching them and spending time with them. So, it impacted who I became as a
professional and I’ve always been really passionate about education. I think the newest generations are great generations. They’re maturing. They’re becoming. But, we’ve handed them a tough world. But they’re doing amazing things. I’m in a field where you really can make
a difference. And, I went in thinking I have a master’s degree in child development, I’ve been a teacher, I know how to do this. And I discovered once again that
you know not all children are coming from the same place of privilege and
those children really can be helped by providing excellent services to them. So,
the research shows us that early childhood is really critically important. So many of my teachers were just
invested in me and I think that’s the kind of takeaway I got from my
elementary and secondary education was just the investment in teachers and the
students and then the ability to be real. To not try to be the perfect teacher –
to admit when you made mistakes, to admit when you don’t know. I think those were
some huge takeaways for me. I realize the good things that I’ve had and I feel honored and compelled to pass that on. I know when I do a lot for my students, I remember someone did this for me and I really appreciated it. And so, I
know when I do this for this student they’re gonna really appreciate it. We have a tremendous responsibility to
make sure that politicians, that educators know what we need to do in
order to make sure that this group of students has access to a good education, and that gets me up every day because there’s a lot of work to be done.