THREE THINGS MY MOM TAUGHT ME ABOUT WORK
In honor of mother’s day, I wanted to reflect on the things that my mother has taught me about work. My lovely mother, Rosalyn, is an elementary school teacher. She teaches English as a second language in a small town school in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. I may be biased, but she is a pretty awesome teacher! She wasn’t always a teacher though. She actually majored in production management and minored in accounting, and for a few years she worked as an accountant for the IRS in Puerto Rico. After she had me and my younger brother, she took a few years off to care for us. Once we were both grown and in school, she decided it was time to go back to work. At that time, a good friend of hers was working as a teacher in a middle school and she told my mom about a vacancy they had for an English teacher. My mom wasn’t sure if teaching was her thing but she decided to give it a try. And she fell in love with it! It was challenging because, well middle school kids, but also because she had never taught before. But she embraced the challenge and to this day, she does not regret taking that decision. She went back to school and got her Master’s Degree—which was pretty bad ass for someone with a full time job and a family. But she did it! I was so proud of her when she graduated from her Master’s program! I’ve learned so much from her, and maybe she doesn’t even know that she taught me all these things—but she did. So mom, here are some of the things that you taught me about work:
Work ethic- from always being on time to always saying the truth at work, my mom taught me how to be a model employee. She taught me the importance of integrity and honesty at work and that has made the difference in my career.
Excellence- I could see the quality in everything my mom did. She always paid close attention to detail and always ensured that whatever it was that she was delivering was the absolute best. She may not know this, but my drive to always give my best comes from what I saw in her while I was growing up.
Always love what you do-no matter what it was that mom was working on, she always did it with love and appreciation. Not once did I hear her complain about coworkers, or bosses or having too much work. She taught me how to be appreciative of the job I had, no matter what that job was.
Thank you mom for shaping me into the person that I am today—not just personally but professionally too. You were the first example I had of hard work, dedication and achievement. Thank you for being the best example a girl could ask for. Thank you for always putting us first and for putting your life on hold during those years so that you could be with us. You have no idea what a difference that made in our lives. I love you more than words can say!
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!