As a child, I remember that I was read to every night. I loved it. It made me feel special and very loved.
When I began school, I always enjoyed reading time. I could not wait to get to the circle table and read with the teacher. However, it was not until my 4th grade year that I fell in love with reading and became an avid reader!
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery captured my heart and my imagination. I connected with Anne's imagination and her romantic ideals. I also found The Babysitter Club series by Ann M. Martin. Every month I saved my allowance to go to the mall and buy the new book in the series. These young teenager girls, who loved babysitting as much as I did, were my sisters, friends, idols. I wanted to embody each of them. And that is when I devoured every book I could get my hands on!
Today, I read almost anything. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorites. I try to keep on trend with Young Adult Literature. I keep up-to-date with Time, People, Real Simple, InStyle, and National Geographic. I take at least twenty minutes before bed and read something. And, yes, my four monsters are read to every night as well.
This is what reading is. The embodiment of life through text: discovering who we are, what we like, being able to escape. If you "do not like to read," you have not found the right book. Keep looking. Your inner reader is out there!
Anyway, I am in my fourteenth year of teaching at Burns! I love my subject and my kids. My family and I love the town and community. Three of my four beautiful children also attend these schools. I strive everyday to become a better teacher and lifelong learner.
All My Best,
Natasha E. Archer