I love being a writer. I love the process of writing (okay that's not always true but I handed in a book last week so I've forgotten all the hard parts), I love the incredible friends I've made in the writing world, and I love my readers who remind me why I wanted to do this in the first place. But I'm not only a writer, I have another job as well. I'm a High School English teacher.
The thing about high school teachers is that it's their subject that they're passionate about, and boy do I love everything about English. I love helping a student to discover the power of the written word, to encourage a hesitant pupil begin to have the courage to speak in front of a group. I love the thrill of seeing a reluctant reader discover an author they love.
Here are some of my Year 12 girls deep in their film essays today.
What about you? Have you been inside a high school lately? Do you have fond memories or a teacher who had an impact on you?