West Virginia: Letters to Future EducatorsMay 4, 2023
David Roach (WV ’93)
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
Dear Future Teacher,
I chose the teaching profession to make a difference for the children of West Virginia. As I write this letter, I am proudly serving as West Virginia’s 33rd State Superintendent of Schools, but my desire to support and positively impact our students is unwavering. You are embarking on a journey that will have a profound effect on the lives of countless individuals.
Although I do not know you personally, I know that we are part of a profession that is driven by a purpose and passion to make a positive difference in West Virginia. You have chosen to dedicate your time, energy and resources to shaping the minds and hearts of the next generation, and for that I am truly grateful.
I know that you will be a teacher who sees beyond the surface and strives to understand and appreciate the unique qualities and strengths of each of your students. We need you to challenge and support each of your students to reach their fullest potential.
Being a teacher is not an easy task, and you will face many challenges along the way. You will encounter students who may seem distracted by things outside of your control. They may appear unmotivated, and that may cause you moments of self-doubt and frustration. However, stay encouraged, stay resilient, and persevere.
Your superpower is the ability to inspire and transform the lives of your students. You have been prepared to stand in this purpose, and that is an incredible responsibility and honor.
As you embark on this journey, I want you to know that you are not alone. You have a community of fellow educators who share your vision and commitment. You have access to resources, mentors and support systems that can help you navigate the ups and downs of this profession. And most importantly, you have your students, who will be your greatest source of inspiration and motivation.
So, dear future teacher, I want to thank you for choosing this noble profession. I wish you all the best as you embark on this journey, and I look forward to the lives you will touch and the impact you will have on West Virginia.
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