Greetings! I’m Allen Reding, an Economics instructor situated in the Bay Area of Houston, known for housing NASA’s Johnson Space Center. With 27 years of teaching experience under my belt, I am eagerly anticipating embarking on my 28th year in education this upcoming fall.
My passion for writing has been a part of my life for over 30 years. I had the privilege of having my first published work, titled “Opportunity Costs,” which recounted my personal journey of pursuing full-time college education at the age of 32. It was a challenging time as my family was expanding with three children, and we carried the weight of a mortgage.
On my final day of college, I faced the daunting task of taking three final exams and attending two job interviews for my first teaching position. I remained devoted to that job for 12 years, gradually climbing the ranks to become the department chair.
I’ve been happily married to my wife Becky for 43 years, and together we have raised three wonderful children who are now married. Furthermore, we are proud grandparents to two exceptionally bright young boys, who we believe are among the brightest minds on Earth.
Given its unique challenges and diminishing rewards, the teaching profession deserves tremendous respect and admiration. In my posts, I strive to shed light on the demanding nature of this noble profession, which becomes increasingly arduous with each passing year.
The teaching landscape has undergone significant changes, leading to a toxic environment. Mounting expectations placed on teachers, coupled with decreasing student engagement, have left educators disheartened and contemplating alternative career paths.
What factors have contributed to the toxicity of teaching? How can we halt the mass exodus of teachers and prevent the dire consequences of a rapidly declining educational system?
I will delve into these questions and propose corrective measures to address the primary concerns of teachers.
When I’m not dedicated to teaching, you can find me writing about our memorable cruise vacations, matters of faith, and sharing valuable life lessons I’ve learned along the way. Those posts can be found at my personal site, EveryHappening.com