People often ask me what it is like to be a transgender middle school math teacher, this is what it is like. Not enough of an explanation? Okay..... I'll give you a bit more info on the card above. This was a card that some of my students gave me about two weeks ago, on my birthday.
The card was special in and of itself, but it is even more special when one understands the back story. So, the back story..... last year I had a student who told me that they considered themselves to be transgender, but that was about it. They were a seventh grader last year. Luckily, I got the same student again this year. They happen to be a very enjoyable student, however, I do have a soft spot for anyone who indicates they are transgender, especially when they are a middle school student.
This year I was so proud and impressed with this student. They approached me at the start of the year, and told me they are transgender, and that they are male, and that they would prefer to be called Leo! I was so excited for them! Wow! How cool to understand such an awesome thing at such a young age.
Fast forward a couple of months into the school year and we get to a couple of weeks ago and my birthday. Leo and some of friends got together, they created this card, signed it, and then gave it to me. Wow! I was floored! This was most likely the best birthday card I have ever received. It was one of those rare special gifts that will be with me until I die. Pretty frickin cool!
The photo of me is from a recent school event. I was helping another teacher with a Saturday field trip to CSU Fresno. There was an engineering event taking place there and we took a group of students there for the day. How did the day go for me, a transgender teacher? Great! Not a hint of an issue from any student from any school, and they pull kids from all over the Central Valley. That is also quite cool!
Okay, love you!
Seriously, love yourselves so that other can rain down love onto you!