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The Courage to Teach

Updated: May 12, 2020

Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

- Rita Pierson

Why I Teach

After reading an article from NCESD website, that interviewed educators by asking the following questions: Tell us what motivates you to do this important work. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you inspired? What makes you love being a teacher? I have collected some of the following responses.

“I teach because kids deserve a safe place to learn, grow, and find love and support.  Kids are natural learners just waiting to have their potential realized.  I have the best job and am so happy to spend each day with my students!”

Barb Kooima 3rd Grade Teacher Sage Point Elementary

“I teach because I love to guide each student towards being their  best selves, compassionate friends, and to LOVE learning! I want them to know all about perseverance,  all about doing hard things and that mistakes are welcome. I teach to provide a loving and consistent environment for them to blossom in.  How blessed am I to be trusted with a classroom filled with amazing firsties who are mountain movers and the future of our community! “

Carley Bjorklund 1st Grade Teacher Vale Elementary School

“I teach because kids deserve their best chance at a successful life.  These kids best chance is through education, and I can give them that. I may only have 180 days with each child, but I give my all to make an impact with that short amount of time. I teach kids to see the beauty in the real world through math and the beauty of worlds beyond our galaxy through reading.  I teach kids to change the world with their words through speaking and writing.  I teach kids. I teach kids to change THIER lives.”

Jessica Tufts 2nd Grade Teacher Lake Roosevelt Elementary

“I teach because I love kids. I know that everyday I am impacting the future of our Valley, our Region, our State, and our Nation. I teach because I have children who need to know they are loved, that someone believes in them, and who sees their potential. I teach because being a teacher is a major part of who I am. I teach because there were teachers in my life who impacted my life and I hope to pay it forward. I teach because I am a mom who knows there are more children out there who need me in their lives. It is the hardest, most stressful, most rewarding (after being a mom) job I could possibly choose to do. But, I love it. I find great joy in teaching. I am blessed to be a teacher.”

Lizabeth Fowler 6th Grade ELA/Writing/SS Monument Elementary Quincy

Take a look at this link for additional resource.

WHY DO YOU TEACH? I would love to hear from you.


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