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."
History teacher John Lary (LA '15) isn't shy about telling students how much he loves being an educator, but his encouragement goes beyond talk: He lets them "guest lecture" in his class to get a feel for teaching.