About Me

     I'm surprised and embarrassed that it has taken almost 13 years of teaching for me to write about my life as a teacher. After all, as an 8th-grade ELA teacher in Kentucky, writing is kinda my thing. My only excuse is that like so many other teachers my priority is and has always been on being the best teacher I possibly can for the students and parents I serve in my rural community. Keeping up in the teaching profession doesn't leave much time to pursue side hustles, if this counts as one. If it's a good enough side hustle to make some money, I'm okay with that( I mean, y'all can guess how much a Kentucky teacher's salary is - or isn't mostly.)      

     But making some extra cash isn't the priority here. Pushing myself to finally carve out the time and energy to actually write, is born out of a desire to share, learn, grow, & teach others what I know to be true and what I do believe about teaching, education, and middle school students. The most important things I've ever learned about being a good teacher did not come from any undergraduate or even graduate class. The truly valuable secrets to success and surviving in a career that is, more times than not, incredibly tiresome and thankless...are other teachers. They possess wisdom that is worth all of the education graduate courses you can possibly complete, and then some. Therefore, this blog is dedicated to teachers who will share, encourage, support, solve, listen, build, and contribute to each other's well being and our profession. It is, exactly as it proclaims...Mrs. Brumfield writes.     

      So, I start this journey with a little about me, my history, my present, and my future. I teach in the same Kentucky county and school system that I graduated from in 1989. A lot has changed, but much hasn't. Small rural towns are like that. And so are the people. After graduating high school, I began college with no clue what I wanted to do or study or be when I grew up. 

     After one year of trying to convince myself that I was a psychology major, I left school and would travel and live in several states before finally, in 2005 I came back to this small rural country town. By this time I had earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Master of Science in Middle Grades Education with certifications in Social Studies and English Language Arts Communications. I had completed my student teaching experience at a junior high academy outside of Seattle, WA, which convinced me that whatever my old town had to throw at me, I could handle it with no problem. I had three children and I didn't feel like the naive rookie that middle school students could chew up and spit out.       

     Right here and now, I admit that most days of my first year of teaching, I went home in tears or near there. What have I gotten myself in to??? I loved everything about my experiences in education and teaching. Despite the endless classes and seminars, the hours & hours of work, reading & writing, the stress of the multiple tests that held my career - and making all my student loan debt - worth it.      

     Fortunately, I had great teachers around me with the wisdom and experience to push me through each day of that first year. More importantly, they helped me come back each day of that first year to grow, learn, fail, relearn, cry, and yes, sometimes, smile and succeed.      

     One divorce, three children (finally all over 18 years), a new start with a wonderful husband and his family, a perfect-in-every-way grandson, four granddaughters that I can not wait to see, and a hopeful belief that my dad would have been proud of all I've accomplished and worked for...I write this today, half way through my 13th year of middle school teaching.      

      There are teachers with double and almost triple that many years under their belt. My hat is off to all of you. You paved the path in so many ways for all of us that came after you. And I hope that we pay it forward in being as determined and strong as the generations of teachers who came before us.      

     One of my favorite quotes is Benjamin Franklin's words of wisdom and advice to his fellow Founding Fathers, "If we don't hang together, we will surely hang separately." 

     There is much at stake for teachers - the students who pass through our classrooms day in day out, year after year. For some, we will be a memory that someone will never forget. We must make that the best it can be. One way we can do that as colleagues and friends is to definitely hang together in this profession that is and must be a true calling to survive it. This blog is one way to pay something back - all that those teachers gave me my first year and every teacher since then. I hope that anyone who visits this blog feels welcome enough to share, communicate, comment, and follow along as, "Mrs Brumfield Writes".


Mrs. B


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