As an educator, I know that President Obama is the best choice for President because he understands how essential it is to the future of our country that all students get a good education. I taught English as a public school teacher for 19 years, and was a secondary school assistant principal for 11 years.
I didn't make much money, and as a single mother raising two sons, we ate a lot of peanut butter at the end of the month. During that time, I worked as hard as I could to be the best English teacher for my students and the best mother I could be to my boys. As an assistant principal, I did everything I could to support good teachers and encourage students to value their education. I support President Obama because I believe he is making the right priorities, choices, and investments to prepare the American people to be competitive in the global economy—an economy that’s built to last, as he often says.
I am now an adjunct English teacher at J. Sargeant Reynolds, a local community college. I love teaching people who have decided to change their lives by going back to college. I work as hard as I can to teach them the skills they will need to be successful in college and the workforce, and every time one of my students succeeds, I feel like I am making a contribution to the whole country. My students come from a variety of backgrounds; their dedication and hard work gives me optimism for our country’s future.
It gives me pride that my President is making sure more students can afford to go to school. Without the Pell Grant scholarships and student loans the President has made more affordable and accessible, many of my students would never even consider going to college. President Obama supports students like mine, and it’s one of the many reasons I support his candidacy for a second term.