I will ask you to call me Professor/Dr.–Why?

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Because a young girl told me I couldn’t be one–because boys were doctors and girls were nurses.

Because students will still call me “Mrs.”

Because I still call myself “teacher.”

Because I write poems–books of them!–but I am afraid to introduce myself, a poet.

Because I am still expecting to be told I am not worthy, and because there is a young girl watching me–learning me.

Because I want to be intentional about what I teach her.

Because I am still trying to feel safe enough to embody “me” myself.

And because hearing you affirm it–naming me–“Professor/Dr.”–helps me remember who I am, what I’ve earned, and who she can be, too.


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