At my end-of-the-year teacher review conference, my administrator asked me what new classes/ certifications I was going to pursue this summer. (Thinking to myself, "Hell, none, I'm just skiving for the next 18 months till I can retire.") I said, "Well, this is my 30th year of teaching English. Not to be arrogant, but I am the only member of my entire department who has a master's degree. I am also the only member who is certified in sp ed, autism, reading, gifted and talented, library science, and history/ soc stud. I am the only one who has been a dept chair, a testing coordinator, an admin for sp ed, and has taught every grade level both on level and advanced/ AP/honors. I have been to every teacher training "in-service" offered by DISD, the Texas Humanities Institute, the AP Institute, not to mention the state of Maryland MANCEF. I have passed the teacher exams in Ca, Ny, Va, Md, and Tx. There is nothing left for me to study, unless you want me to start working towards math or science. " He looks at me like I am a trouble maker and says, "Well, you have to put something down. You have to fill the box on the form."
And Alexander wept, bc there were no more worlds left to conquer.