Hi! I am a first year high school English teacher. I am extremely excited about starting the job, but I am also extremely anxious (keep in mind that I have never taught before, excluding one-on-one tutoring sessions). I know that most first year teachers are very nervous, but I have awful anxiety that amplifies everything. I LOVE English and I am very passionate about teaching, so I really don't want my anxiety ruining this for me. A lot of my anxieties are rooted in the fear of looking stupid, incompetent, etc... Are there any teachers on here that suffer from anxiety or have conquered their anxiety? Any advice? Also, I am fresh out of college and look like I could be a high school student myself... What are the odds of my students simply not taking me seriously just because I look young? I will be teaching 9th graders. Thank you!