Dear Tired Teacher


  • Brooke Johnson Wichita East High School



Dear Tired Teacher,
I see you. I see you taking another minute to unjam the copier in the teacher's lounge one more time before it spits out the day's work. I see your smile welcoming each student into your classroom every hour, every day. I see the seemingly organized chaos with objectives and essential questions on the board. I see you giving advice to the college intern standing by your side from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. I see you at lunch with students eating in your room, met with the laughter of friends who join them.


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Author Biography

  • Brooke Johnson, Wichita East High School

    Brooke Johnson was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She loves the wide-open spaces but continually feels the need to travel abroad. After graduating from WSU in 2008, she taught English language arts at Wichita North High School for nine years. Six of those years she worked with the AVID system, encouraging students to seize every opportunity they could for their future. Currently, Brooke teaches ESOL English language arts at Wichita East High School. Recently she received her MLA degree from Baker University with an emphasis in literature. Brooke is also a National Staff
    Developer for AVID, where she trains other content teachers in AVID reading strategies that can help increase rigor and comprehension in the classroom for all students. Brooke was the 2015 Summer Teacher Speaker at the Dallas AVID Summer institute. She enjoys sharing her stories and lessons learned in the classroom. She can be reached at






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