Testing, deadlines, logistics and protocols can distract a new teacher, but a graduate school professor taught Michelle Ryan (MA '15) to focus on the prize: the positive learning experiences of her students.
A first-year encounter with an unsupportive parent reminded Deborah Siebern-Dennis (MO '15) that teachers rarely know what goes on at home. Her response: a conscious and consistent flow of encouragement and positivity.
Studying opera taught Angela Malone (MD '15) important lessons she uses in her classroom every day: Practice makes perfect, preparation is key, and a touch of dramatic flair never hurts with middle schoolers.
For Ricardo Larios (OR '15), morning is the best part of the school day: "Every day is a new opportunity to change a person's life, help someone learn a life story, or be the only person in their life who cares."