• Elisa Brazell


Teaching is a lot of work! Finally, just about every parent in the world gets to see the day in the life of a teacher from the inside

Just a couple days into mandatory distance learning, parents across my social media world were praising teachers, saying “How do they do it all? Teachers are amazing”. And I was like

“I know, too bad it took a pandemic to realize how central to our society and irreplaceable teachers are."

And it takes a special person to stick to that profession- someone with nerves of steel, yet a heart of gold.

Someone who wants to make a positive impact on the world and has the patience to do it one child at a time, running up against the occasional parent who seems to be trying to do the exact opposite, and the minimum of 2 students per class who, often through no fault of their own can’t help but disrupt the learning of 30 other students. The really good teachers know it’s really not just a job, it’s their all-encompassing life’s mission.

The title of teacher is with them in all places and facets of their lives- you remember when you’d see your teacher at the grocery store and think, “Woah, that’s so weird! She’s actually a human and has a life outside of school.” And let's not forget the standardized testing and all the core curriculum they are expected to cover. There’s no doubt teaching is one of the most honorable, noble, most difficult, least appreciated (until the Coronavirus mandatory distance learning went into effect) and underpaid (still) professions.

I used to be a classroom teacher. I couldn’t hack it. Those 5th graders about drove me to the loony bin and most definitely drove me to a career change...with no alternate career on the horizon. I lacked skill, belief in myself, and desire to improve. I actually had a deep rooted desire to be able to stay home with my 2 daughters, 3 and 5 at the time. I really didn’t want to be working outside the home, which definitely contributed to my hardships in the classroom that year.

So what did I do?

I took a huge leap of faith, with a few months of savings and decided not to return the following school year. 4 years of college...not really wasted, but wishing I had been trained in something else. It’s been 13 years since I closed the door on being a classroom teacher.

Some might call me a quitter, but I like to look at it as a

I turned to my knowledge and ability to play guitar to cover the portion of income our family needed. I’ve been a guitar instructor ever since and love it- I still get to be an educator, but work with people one on one so I don’t have any behavior problems to manage, tests to administer or preparing lessons late into the evening. Being a guitar instructor definitely feeds my entrepreneur spirit and my love of music. And most importantly for me while raising my kids over the past 13 years, I’ve been able to work from home and enjoy sending them off to school in the morning and welcoming them home in the afternoon.

So though I have found one of my niches in society as a guitar instructor, being a temporary home school mom-teacher extraordinaire during the COVID-19 Pandemic has awakened my gratitude once again to all those amazing people who take on the responsibility to educate our children!

...and I’m just glad its not me 😉

What is the hardest thing you have dealt with during distance learning?

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