August 27, 2008

The Teachers Conundrum

Why is it that when I tell anyone that I'm a teacher their eyes get wide, there lips pull on both sides and they say something like:

"Oooh.. Good luck!" or "Wow!"

Don't they realize that this is my profession? Do they not realize that doing that sets me up to be defensive? What if I went to your house and asked you if you were a parent and when you said yes I did the same?

I mean, they want good teachers but yet they make these remarks as if we don't know its a difficult job. Be supportive without it seeming like I need the support.

What bothers me even more, is that when asked by the teachers in my school, what I'm going to be teaching and I say Special Ed, they do the saaaaame thing!

This is my comeback phrase to all those that do this to me.

I'm a teacher
I'm excited about being a teacher
I love being a teacher


Spelangel said...

Both of my parents are teachers! so work your magic girl! We need more good teachers in the world!

JenellyBean said...


That's great. What grade levels do your parents teach?
How many years have they been teaching?

Thanks for the positive support.

chele said...

I'm glad you're blogging again. Teaching? How awesome is that? There aren't enough enthusiastic educators in the world.

Eb the Celeb said...

We need teachers... GOOD TEACHERS... they should be applauding you not looking upon it as some sort of janitor gig...

Shine girlie... the future of our world depends on it

Wendy said...

JB good to see you!

I thank God for people like you who are willing to accept the challenge even in these difficult times to teach our nations youth.

Do your thing Jenelly and don't worry about the haters. Your rewards will be plentiful!

lyre said...

I am so proud of you.

Jacqueline Smith said...

Teaching is a noble profession, you are actually a nation builder, I'm glad you love it.

JenellyBean said...

Hey Sister Chele!

I was looking for u and it said you moved. Can you send me the link or leave it here (

Thanks for the welcome, I'm glad to be back, I NEED an outlet and eyes to listen, for sure.


Hey Eb!

I agree... they should be giving me a damn ovation. I'm a Diva and took on this role to show the world that our kids can achieve when there's ppl out there that love and care.


Hey Sister Wendy!

Thanks hun, I needed to hear that. God is working through me Sister Wendy, I can feel it.

"Hi Haters!" (Do u know that song? I know I'm a younging)


Thanks Mama B!
I'm following in your footsteps.


Hey Jaqueline!

Glad to know you agree with me and others about how important teaching is. There are ppl out there that would say things like "There's so many other options, why teaching?"

--Beacause I wanna be a nation builder-- (stealing you words. LOL I love it!)


Veronica Wright said...

Go girl!!!

What the world needs is more teachers like you that CARE and that are CONCERNED about making a difference in the lives of their students! it's not an easy job and I commend you!

Stephen Bess said...

You tell 'em JB! I like that attitude. Yes, you can get strange responses from fellow teachers. It's something. I'm looking forward to reading your future post as the school year progresses. *Big Hug* Go head, Teach!

JenellyBean said...

Hey Veronica!

Thanks for the support and the recognition.

Teaching is NOT easy, especially when you have a special ed classroom with 2nd and 3rd graders on various levels.

Funny thing is, all though I'm exhausted as I type this message, I'm looking foward to tomorrow.


Hey Brother Stephen!

Everyone is calling me "TEACH" these days, even you, I see.

You wouldn't believe how catty some of these teachers can be.


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