“Teaching was always a learning experience. It was always a challenge and it was always something that I felt smart about. There were things I knew, and it felt good because I never really felt that smart about things, but child development and education and integrating things it felt right, it just all felt right. And it wasn’t always easy, I cried a lot, but it always just felt like the right place for me to be.”
Sharon has been a teacher in Denver Public Schools for 17 years. I talked with her about becoming a teacher, and about the things she sees as a teacher that those outside of the classroom may not see.
“There’s an intelligence in those kids but its not gonna show up on a test and sometimes it doesn’t show up in a classroom, but they’re surviving lots of things, there’s an intelligence there. It’s not valued, but its there.”