So, my name is Paul, but for years, I went by Profe (pronounced Pro - fey). It is kind of funny how that nickname caught on.
When I lived in Mexico, a student of mine in the English school where I taught started calling me "profe". I wasn't great at Spanish, but I was good enough to finally figure out that Profe was short for "Profesor."
So when I started teaching Spanish again at a small private school, I decided that it would be fun to go by Profe. Maybe the kids would like the nickname. Besides, I never liked being called Mr Ellsworth anyway.
Well, five years later, I was stuck with it. Even the kids that I see now who have graduated still call me Profe. It has become kind of a term of endearment. I'm a Spanish teacher and Paul is Spanish is Pablo. So therfore ProfePablo.com.
This past December with mixed emotions, I said goodbye to teaching (or so I believed). I thought, "I need to be a big boy and get a real job that pays the bills." I was having trouble providing for my family and knew that I needed to do something differently. I thought that differently meant running from teaching.
It only took me about three months to realize that teaching was my calling and to be honest, I knew before I left. When I had left teaching, I came out of my best semester in teaching by far. I was having fun, impacting kids, and rocking the classroom (like rockstar rock and shaking things up all at once.....pretty cool huh?).
So, why this blog?
1. I want to be intentional about my teaching. I have decided to make teaching a career, so this is my documentation of the journey. I HAVE decided to be a big boy and get a real job, and that job is teaching. I am now going to be a professional teacher (or at least pretty soon... I don't start until August). I try lots of ideas in the classroom, so I will be sure to let you know what works and what doesn't.
2. I need a place to start conversations with other teachers about teaching. I am probably not super qualified for this position, but I want to be a person who reaches out to other teachers and helps us come up with ideas to transform our classrooms.
3. I need a place to document my research. I am fascinated by psychology. This website will be a good place to throw around some ideas and get some good feed back. I read a lot, so I will be sure to talk about what I have been reading.
4. I need a place to put my Spanish teaching content. My dream is to have my own Spanish speaking curriculum. I'll be sure to put that on this website.
So, as a reader you can expect me to be honest about triumphs and failures, and maybe together we can become teachers that make a lifelong impact on our students.