I haven’t always been a teacher.
Before this, I was a weight loss counsellor for Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers being paid $6.50 an hour plus commission to tell wealthy women to eat their vegetables, drink lots of water and to walk at least 40 minutes a day.
Before that, I cleaned houses, scrubbing and vacuuming and dusting and putting things away while my clients made much more money in jobs that were really worth their time.
Before that, I was a guidance counselor in a junior secondary school in South Africa, feeling fraudulent about telling kids that if they just worked hard enough they could overcome the barriers in the paths of people of their skin colour.
Before that, I was in between my life that was and my life to be and was just hanging around with a friend one day when a local principal telephoned and asked if she would teach at his school as he was desperate for teachers and she said that she was not interested but that her friend might be and she passed the phone to me.