People often think that a teaching degree from the best educational university is a must to be a successful teacher, and it helps, but it is not a requirement. Loving children despite themselves on their worst days, reaching out to others to help you, and always striving to be the best for yourself and your students are what gives a solid foundation for a successful teaching career. I am six years in and thankful each day for that tornado.
I resolved from that day forward, to do everything I could to make my classroom a place where students feel comfortable asking and answering questions.
Keeping students engaged by learning things that are relevant to them is a huge motivation to continue teaching. No other feeling is more rewarding than seeing and hearing a student excited about learning! As a Media Specialist I also serve in a technology support role to teachers in my school and district. I am motivated to help others because I know supporting ALL teachers can improve education for ALL students!
Ever thought about becoming a teacher? Listen to this story from Leslie Hebert about her journey from being a stay-at-home mom to a substitute teacher to an English teacher at Rankin County School District.
Feel like having a good cry? Need to be reminded what kind of impact teachers have? Check this out! A few first graders at Mannsdale Elementary School, describe their teacher, Ms. Rankins. We surprised her with a video. Grab the tissues!
Teaching is for people who see potential. Teaching is for visionaries. Teaching challenges a person to look past the difficulties that student brings to the classroom each day and see his or her "not yet . . . but someday."