Teaching is hard.
Originally, I went into this career because it helped me to achieve my number one goal of being a mom. The schedule worked so that I had the same hours as my kids, most years I worked in the same school, and I had the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of their lives. It worked for our family, but I also came to realize that my students were becoming an extended part of our family as well.
Being a school teacher doesn’t just require teaching the basic subjects of reading, writing, math, social studies and science. It is endless hours of pouring into the lives of each and every child that is in your classroom (and not just the one year). Teachers pour into lives through loving, disciplining, teaching responsibility, organizing, planning engaging teaching moments, and working in partnership with parents. It is more than a full time job. The list of requirements for teachers these days is beyond what any normal human would have to endure, so oftentimes there are sacrifices that have to be made. In most cases (especially mine), both my mental and physical health were deteriorating. Between unreasonable parents and aggressive student behaviors, it was time for me to take a break.
Don’t get me wrong…..I have many treasured moments of teaching that will stay with me forever. My most inspiring times that I was working with students were in extracurricular activities such as theater, student council, and school-wide talent events. I hope to continue working with students at The Soulful Cup when we open our “brick and mortar” shop in the next few years.
I write this, to challenge you to love on your teachers and give grace when we make mistakes. As I transition my career from teaching to owning a coffee shop, I want the world to know that my heart is with my fellow teachers as you navigate this new way of teaching this year. Our coffee shop (and currently our coffee truck) will do everything we can to support our schools. Thank you to the many schools that have invited us out to your parking lot, and thank you to the churches and PTO’s that have paid for teachers to get a free drink so far this year.
Our plan is to surprise one school per month with free drinks for staff. The cost to donate to a school is between $150-$200 depending on the size of the staff. If you would like to donate to surprise a school with coffee and smoothie drinks, please visit our Facebook page for our online donation platform or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!