Susan Rogers

Occupation: 
Teacher

We are the proud members of a very special and unique group of individuals known as early childhood educators. We have a natural ability to provide and demonstrate unconditional love, unlimited care, extreme dedication, eternal energy, and professionalism. It’s with these innate qualities that we’re able to work with young children day after day, regardless of pay. This is the most fulfilling and BEST profession in the world. Yes, this profession often comes with a lack of respect (“You’re a teacher? Oh, you just work with the babies.”), financial sacrifice (just shy of the poverty line), and endless hours of devotion (arriving early, staying late, AND doing work at home), but this is what we were born to do.
 
Can we honestly say we’re willing to forfeit our happiness and the happiness we help children experience for more money doing something else? At times it can be tempting, but no way! Who will be responsible for teaching and guiding our children if we don’t? It’s a scary thought, which is why most of us use the line from The Little Red Hen, “I’ll do it myself.” I hope more attention, funding, resources, and education will be placed upon the people we deem most important: our children, ages birth to five. We know how critical this stage is in a child’s life, and one of the best ways to improve the field of early childhood education is to stick together, and not let a moment go by that we don’t put our best foot forward.

One day our children will be valued. One day we will be appropriately compensated. One day every profession will invest in our children, children’s environment, and children’s experiences! One day could be tomorrow...if we join together as a union and make it happen.
 
To all my fellow teachers, never allow yourself to doubt the difference you are making every day in the lives of children, their families, our community, and amongst each other. We are a special grade of people, in a class by ourselves, and we deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. I’d like to share some words of encouragement that motivate me, in hopes that they too will inspire you to keep on keeping on:

1. You were born to do this job on this day! If not you, then who?
2. If you can get up, then you can get it together!
3. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!” (Galatians 6:9)

Thanking you for being a part of the early childhood family!