The Heart of Teaching

February brings many flutters and shudders for teachers. The flutters are connected to the chocolate, Sweetheart candy, and wonderfully-sappy cards that tell us how we’re the best teachers ever. The shudders come from a month full of test-prep and the emergence of the end-of-year hustle .

Despite the shudders, the flutters help remind us of all the un-testable, magical aspects of teaching. True story: Today, a student told me that I’ve looked her in the face more lovingly than anybody else has in her entire, 11th-grade life. What? How does a child as talented and lovable as this one get to be 16 years old and never experience the love and adoration of another human being? Trying not to get too weepy, I hugged my student and told her that I loved her.

It’s that simple – I love my students.

Reflecting on my life, I suppose I’ve learned more about love from my students than I have from most humans I’ve ever met. Years go by and faces change, but the heart of the matter stays the same.

This Valentine’s Day, I’m theirs.


Alaina Adams

Dr. Alaina Adams

Phoenix, Arizona

My name is Alaina Adams and I am a Board Certified educator who has taught a variety of English Language Arts classes in middle school, high school, and higher education contexts for the past 12 years. I am currently working as a leader in full-time training in the Phoenix Union High School District and love the new perspective it brings for teacher leadership development in my urban, secondary setting. In addition to working in an administrative capacity, I also coach teachers on my campus, district, and across Arizona as they engage with the National Board Certification process.
When not working towards total world domination, I am the mother of a teenage daughter, enjoyer of live music, and am an all-around text-messaging, Twitter-following, and Facebook-posting human being.

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