I wrote this book to teachers and educators from a strength-based perspective. It means that I see you. I acknowledge the hours, the work, the blood, sweat, and tears you put into this profession. I see you. I acknowledge the trainings you have attended, the degrees you hold, and the expertise you possess. I see you. I acknowledge the amount of money you’ve spent and frustration you feel when you attempt to catapult change in our system. I see you. I acknowledge how overworked and underpaid you are in a system that has more than enough to provide you stability. I see you. I wrote this book as an educator for educators.

It is also important to clarify that this book is very teacher centered. I believe that when teachers are seen as human beings, then students too will be benefiting academically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. This book is for you, and this work cannot move without you, but we know we do it for the kids. You must know how important you are to this work. I recognize your humanity. I want to extend grace. I want to build community with you, teacher to teacher. And it is my hope that the work we do together will leave you empowered and ensure that you stay in the classroom for a few more years. And in turn you will empower your students and they will recognize the power of seeing the humanity within themselves. You are a model.

In this sample, you will find:

  • Foreword by Chezare A. Warren
  • Introduction: The Weight
  • Chapter Seven: And What About Me?
    • Big Question
    • Teacher Reflection