In this guest blog post, kindergarten teacher Danielle Brown describes how #TeachingIs all about choices.

In this guest blog post, kindergarten teacher Danielle Brown describes how #TeachingIs all about choices.

#TeachingIs about choices.

Choices to engage, have fun, grow, learn, lead, advocate, and collaborate.

Teaching is the choice I made long before I knew about the possibilities within the profession.

Growing up, I knew I wanted to be in a profession that was held in high esteem, one that would allow me to advocate and lead change.

I thought the only profession for me was law. It took a high school volunteering experience at the local elementary school to change my mind.

What excited me most about that experience was that students were actually learning new things and able to apply what they learned. And I loved offering them different ways to access the content.

I enjoyed my time in the classroom setting so much that I found myself wanting to spend more and more time there. It was then decided to become an educator.

But I was still unaware of the plethora of opportunities that awaited me as a teacher.

When I began teaching my kindergarten students in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, I realized that teaching is full of choices, if you keep an open mind and heart.

As a first year teacher, I was presented with many opportunities: from leading a Title 1 parent night to serving on the Site Council Committee. If there was an opportunity offered, I made the CHOICE to be involved.

Today, five years later, I continue to approach my career as one filled with possibilities.

I am grateful that my choices have positively impacted my district, school, peers, and most importantly my students. The technology and math grants I advocated for will now help students in my district prepare for their future.

As a member of the Teacher Leadership Initiative, as well as the NEA Leadership Summit, I receive support that strengthens my ability to advocate for and lead change—everything I ever wanted in a profession!

Finally, I chose to become a National Board Certified Teacher. In that role I help my students soar!

#TeachingIs choice. Use your choices to elevate the profession!

Danielle Brown (@TeachDB17) is a National Board Certified kindergarten teacher at Colonel Johnston Elementary in Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

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