Another thing learned -- I can't do this all by myself. I need the support of other teachers (and GSU instuctors) to get by. We create a network when we ask for help... or simply put help out there to be utilized. Being a part of that network is crucial to maintain sanity.
I have learned that I can make an impact on students lives. Everything that I say, can and will be held against me, so I must choose my words wisely. Being positive is so very important. Show them their best qualities. Really. They don't always realize what they are. It only takes one (me, myself and I) to shed light on that path.