Had parent teacher interviews last night and my gorgeous coworker Rosie made sure we commemorated the occasion with photos, and I'm so grateful for it. I realise I don't have many photos to do with teaching as I'm always just doing and somehow I blinked and I've been a teacher for 10 years now. Best thing that ever happened to me in terms of personal and professional development. The first five years were excruciating and I didn't know if I would be able to make it. I began setting strong boundaries and stopped bringing work home on the weekends and was shocked at how restful weekends actually are when you don't work on them. While teaching still bleeds into the margins slightly, for example, will be doing some marking tomorrow on my day off, I am proud to be maintaining my longevity in the profession and that's mostly due the fact that I work four days a week.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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