Grab your Tissues…

Riley and I in the hospital.

…and Kleinspiration just got a lot more personal!  :)

I never intended on sharing personal bits of my life through this educational resource sharing blog; however, as I was putting together a Prezi for a project I’ve been working on, I was reminded of “why I became a teacher.”  

I managed a business as my first profession… and prior to that, I was an Interior Design Major at Michigan State University for 3 years.  Close to graduation, my husband and I had our first child.  It was during this time that I knew as much as I enjoyed the art of creating aesthetically pleasing and functional living spaces, I had to do something bigger.  There was no brainstorming.  It hit me as if I had always knew it… just had it tucked in a safe place until I was ready to fully commit.  I was to be a teacher.

Throughout undergraduate school, my philosophy of education stemmed from Piaget and Vygotsky, and my passion was simple:

“I want to be the kind of teacher I want my daughter to have.”

Which brings me to tonight.  As I was researching microcephaly for my Prezi project, I went to my usual search spots: Google, Sort Fix, Qwiki, and YouTube.  I think I stopped breathing for the entire 7 minute video as I got to peak into young Ethan’s joyful life.  My husband came to see if I was alright as I had tears falling down my cheek.

My project centered around students with learning disabilities or who are learning delayed.  My Prezi focused on one student I had in particular, ‘Jack.’  Overcome with knowing ‘Jack’s’ story, coupled with the joy Ethan brought to life, I was reminded how fortunate I am to be a teacher – and teach ALL kids!

The effort, love, dedication, and commitment that Ethan’s parents give to him is exactly the type of environment each child deserves to have in life so that he or she can reach his or her fullest potential in life… truly the job of a teacher.  What a special opportunity we have. 


Mother. Teacher. Keynote. Author

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

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