Back to school

by Nelly Lavaud

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Nelly Lavaud is a special educator with New York City Public Schools on the high school level and has taught for over ten years. As an avid reader and blogger on all things wellness, Nelly believes that teacher and student relationships result in academic success and progress. Nelly resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and toddler daughter. She is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.


It’s that time of year again. That time where we set our clocks to wake us up at the crack of dawn despite the fact that our bodies are asking for a few more hours of sleep. It’s that time to set the coffee maker to brew us our first cup of many for the day. It’s a new school year. Woohoo!!! Now some of you maybe groaning but really you’re just as excited as I am to start again. The beginning of the school year is an awesome one. It’s a fresh start with fresh young faces who are ready and eager to learn. Starting a new school year means new students, student who you learn to love and bond with, students who by the end of the year you’re sad to see leave. While we may complain about the end of our summers,  we are so eager to see our babies. We are renewed and reenergized to continue the work we love. 

No one who isn’t a teacher understands what the beginning of a new school year means to us. They don’t get how we often are nervous about what the first school day will look like. They don’t understand the anxiety that many of us have the night before the first day of school. The jitters and the insomnia that hits us hours before we start the first day. The relief that comes at the end of the school day knowing that we conquered it without a hiccup and the calm we feel knowing that the next day will also be a good one. While being an educator does come with challenges the benefits outweigh the storm many of us often endure during the school year. 

To those of us who are starting school soon, know that the babies are just as nervous as we are. They are eager to meet us. They are so excited for what we are going to show them, what we will expose them to and what they will also teach us. 

To all the teachers who have begun the school year or the ones who will be starting our school year soon let us start this new year with all the excitement that our students will be bringing to us. Let us remember why we do this, let us never forget that that they are our reason why the sun rises. Have a great school year.