I am a 23-year-old, second-year teacher in this once great state. I was born and raised in Cary. I am a product of the Wake County Public School System, where in the first grade I discovered my desire to become an educator. I graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2012 and began my teaching career this past fall in Chatham County.
I have been a proud resident of North Carolina and looked forward to raising a family and teaching here for my entire career. Recent legislation has ensured this dream will not become reality. I have at least three decades remaining in the classroom; I assure you they will not be spent in a place that does not respect my passion and commitment to the children of the Old North State.
I cannot and will not support a state that does not make education a priority. Removing increased pay for master’s degrees, decreasing resources and staff, and vouchers for private education are irreconcilable with my core beliefs. The N.C. General Assembly has made its priorities clear, and unfortunately my students and I are among the casualties.