"When we teach, we are the lucky ones because our lives have been touched, says Jessica Daniels who teaches English to eighth graders at Carson Middle School in Carson City. Indeed, Mrs. Daniels, has touched and been touched by many lives in the course of her twenty-three years as a teacher. She believes that the educator's role today has not "changed so much as it has grown. The problems faced by today's teacher," she adds, "are not new to the classroom. It is just that there are more of them, and teachers cannot remain detached or uninvolved." Mrs. Daniels has shown countless times that the words - detached and uninvolved - just don't figure in her vocabulary. She makes housecalls to homebound students who are too ill to attend school, assists current and former students through thick and thin, and makes certain that all her students have her telephone number. In fact, she has set up a "Homework Hot Line" in her home, "so that students can call me anytime if they need help with their homework."
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