About Teresa

Teresa Cooper is a 30-something wife, mom and teacher from Havelock, North Carolina. She has a Masters of Science in Education for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Creative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having struggled with anxiety and depression most of her life and later having birthed a child with autism, she is passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance of mental illness and autism and has been writing for Embracing the Spectrum since 2011. She also writes for The Mighty, The Huffington Post, and The Educator’s Room.

Inevitably, as we get closer to the middle of the school year, all the hard work we put into teaching the future leaders of America begins to exhaust us. That said, it’s important not to give in. Our resolve, as tired as we may become, will determine the success or failure of the students we teach. As this poem suggests, our passion determines who we reach. And so, tired teacher, I urge you, as the poem suggests, to “keep on keeping on.”

Ode to the Tired Teacher

Rise up, hardworking, tired teacher

You do great things, leading learners

To soon become our top earners

Our doctors, lawyers, even diplomats

All inspired by teachers like you, you know

Stay strong and inspire and know they’ll grow

Now mass waves of students become strong

With you, they feel they belong

Through your eyes and words and actions they feel

Education that has appeal

Caring and loving, they know your heart

So keep on keeping on so they’ll have a head start

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Final Words for the Tired Teacher

Know that your job means a lot. As we know, every adult started in a classroom somewhere. Whether they’ve become a doctor, a lawyer, a chef, a basketball player, a writer, or a teacher like you, they all started with a great teacher like you. An inspiring, creative, hard-working teacher who, like you, persevered even when exhausted and ready for a break. Keep on keeping on, for what you do matters more than most other professions. You don’t just teach. You ignite flames of passion that create incredible future citizens.

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