What Being an Educator Taught Me

By Rachel McMinn, High School English, Meriden, CT:   I am a second career educator. I started off in banking after college, but quickly realized that it was not the career I wanted to pursue for a lifetime. It was a tough decision because I felt fairly...

Beautiful Moments

By Yolanda Whitted, English, Dallas, TX:   The most beautiful moments in my career have always been when I am teaching the students no one believes in. So often, they also don’t believe in themselves. I believe in them primarily because I am them. I see myself...

The Importance of Stories

By Elizabeth Shults, High School English, Birmingham, AL:   Stories have always been important to me.  I was raised on Bible stories, told over and over again with flannel-backed characters paraded around on flannel board. My dad used to tell my sister and me stories about a...

Embracing Social Justice

By Monica Soulsby, Preservice High School English Teacher, Grand Ridge, IL:   As a student teacher, I have already had the privilege of working as an educator in multiple settings. Through this experience, I have learned that as a teacher and as a person I am more...

Language & Cultural Exposure

By Sherri Williams, English, Grades 6-12:   I grew up in an urban environment; I'd never been outside of the city until I was in my preteens/early teens. Thus, I was quite ignorant about the rest of the world, particularly country and farming life. My family had little...