Inspirational Educator: Olivia Bertels – Nothing Can Compare to Feeling the Impact You’ve Made.

How long have you been teaching? The 2017-2018 school year will be my fourth year teaching. Why did you choose to teach as a career? I didn’t! I actually began college as a journalism major, but after a year of classes, I realized that it wasn’t for me. As a ...
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Inspirational Educator: Megan – Building Relationships with the Students is My Number One Priority

How long have you been teaching? I am going into my 7th year in the world of education. Why did you choose to teach as a career? I always loved working with people and helping them discover new things. My family says I was always "naturally bossy" in a good ...
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Inspirational Educator: Aliza Mann – I Want to Help Create Global Students Who are Independent Thinkers and Leaders

How long have you been teaching? I am about to start my 7th year. Why did you choose to teach as a career? My mom has been a teacher for over 30 years. Growing up, I was always in and out of her classroom like it was a second home ...
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Inspirational Educator: Charlotte Valdez- It Takes a Big Heart to Master the Art of Teaching

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 3 1/2 years. Why did you choose to teach as a career? Teaching chose me because I have a strong passion and love for children. I love watching them learn and grow into kind and caring people. I like ...
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Inspirational Educator: Chelsea B-F – Teaching isn’t a profession, it’s a lifestyle.

How long have you been teaching? I just finished my first year of teaching in June! Why did you choose to teach as a career? Growing up I was able to attend wonderful private liberal art high school that gave me endless opportunities to succeed and grow, with teachers who ...
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Inspirational Educator: Katherine Padden – We are Not Just Teachers. We are Second Parents, Friends, Role Models and More.

How long have you been teaching? I just recently graduated this past May with my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Secondary English Education from West Virginia University. Even though I have not been by myself in the classroom, my past student teaching experiences have showed me how amazing this career will ...
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Inspirational Educator: Christina Costa – I Teach Your Children with All My Heart

This Inspirational Educator Spotlight brought to you by Christina Costa. How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 2 years. Why did you choose to teach as a career? My mentor in college told me to go into teaching. I never thought about teaching myself and was ...
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Inspirational Educator – Colby Sharp – I Create an Environment Where Children Can Explore Their Desires and Dreams.

How long have you been teaching? 10 years! Why did you choose to teach as a career? When I was a senior in high school I participated in a reading program at an elementary school once a week. I spent time each week reading with second graders. It was magical ...
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Inspirational Educator: MC Skule – He’s Got 99 Problems and He’s Solving Every One

Why did you choose to teach as a career? I have always loved seeing people go from "there's no way I could learn this" to "that makes so much sense!" By teaching, I can help motivated students reach those epiphanies. For unmotivated students, I can help motivate them by making ...
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Inspirational Educator: Bethany Younkers – I Want My Students to know How Much They Have to Offer the World

How long have you been teaching? I am wrapping up my seventh year of teaching this June. It is often so much more than just teaching, it is counseling, listening, talking (saying the same thing over and over again some days), creating, trying to entertain students/ forcing them to listen ...
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Inspirational Educators – CJ Reynolds – Real Rap With The Reynolds – The Longer I Do This the More Amazing it Becomes!

This Inspirational Educator Spotlight brought to you by CJ Re. He is in his eleventh year of teaching. Why did you choose to teach as a career? The greatest irony of my being a high school teacher is that I never wanted to be a teacher. Ninth and tenth grade ...
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Inspirational Educators – Alex Kajitani, California Teacher of the Year and The Rappin’ Mathematician!

An Interview with Alex Kajitani, California Teacher of the Year, and the creator of Multiplication Nation You are known around the globe as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” how did that come about? It was my first year of teaching, and I was sinking! I couldn’t get my students to pay attention, ...
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Inspirational Educators – Stephanie Dunne – I Love Working With Tiny Humans in a Career that I Love!

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 7 years. I am currently in my first year as a special education preschool teacher. Why did you choose to teach? Initially I wanted to be a journalist for a magazine company. I studied journalism my freshman year of ...
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Inspirational Educators – Maria M. Briseno – No Excuses. Just Ideas, Time, and Effort are Required.

How long have you been teaching? I began teaching full time in 2014 in special education for moderate to severe students with Autism who are nonverbal. Prior to that, I was a sub for a couple years and prior to that I was a stay at home mom for 13 ...
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Inspirational Educators – Teresa Gilfillan – I LOVE Hearing Kids ask, “Do we have art today?”

I have been teaching Elementary Art for three years at Pioneer Park Elementary in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I previously taught conversational and business English for Berlitz while living in Switzerland. I also have 5 years of experience in substitute teaching at various schools including a long-term position in youth corrections. Why ...
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Inspirational Educators: Denise Ivelich – Working with Teenagers is Never Boring

How long have you been teaching? 12 years - Currently at Vista High School. (Northern San Diego County) Why did you choose to teaching as a career? I’ve wanted to teach as long as I can remember. I suppose this is due in part to my wonderful elementary school teachers, ...
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“Inspirational Educators: Havely Holt – I Really Want Your Child to Succeed.

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 13 years. Why did you choose a teaching career? The way I came into this career is a little non-traditional. I have a degree in International Agriculture and Economics and was working in the banking industry. As I transitioned ...
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Inspirational Educators: Jodie Donner – The Kids Amaze and Inspire Me All of the Time. I Love Them.

How long have you been teaching? This is my 18th year as an educator. I started in 1999 at Thunderbird High School. Why did you choose teaching as a career? My passion has always been writing and reading. Much of that developed due to the guidance of effective teachers. Especially ...
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