We see you.
You're the one with one iPad to your name, but wanting so much more. You've spent your summer paying out of pocket to attend edtech conferences around the country just dreaming about the activities you want your students to experience. You don't just want more. You NEED more.
Your passion and desire do not escape us.
You are not "just" a teacher. You have the power to change your classroom. Your hallway. Your school. Your district.
You may not have the title or every resource, but you can do this. You can be the spark of change, and you can do it from the bleachers.
There will be persecution. Those that call you a showboat or loner. But you know differently. You know that the motivations behind doing what you do is for the right purpose.
There will be failures. Those will make the successes sweeter.
There will be tears. Those will motivate you to dust yourself off and try again.
There will be late nights and short weekends. The hard work pays off. What's worth it isn't always easy.
There will be frustration. And moments of feeling under-appreciated. You are oftentimes.
But in the midst of all that, there will also be laughter, smiles, light bulbs, and JOY.
So you keep doing what you do. We applaud you and encourage you to carry the torch of change.
You are NOT "just" a teacher. You are a mentor. A facilitator. An empowerer. A behind-the-scenes, doer and implementer of change.
Your students are lucky. Immeasurably and incredibly blessed by the example you set.
Now get out there and do what you do because YOU are a digital leader AND a teacher.