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Teachers change lives everyday. When I think back about my education, I had dozens of great teachers. In each case they addressed my specific needs, challenges, interests. They didn't treat me as a face in the crowd, I wasn't a number I wasn't a, 'Hey you.' I had a name, I had a history, I had a present, I had a potential. Teachers poured into me in a lot of different ways. I wasn't the easiest kid to work with, probably not the easiest adult, but a lot of teachers spent a lot of time trying to, you know, in the vernacular, make me into something. I mean how better to have an impact on the future? This is the best profession to help build a better world.
Dr. Michael F. Rice
Michigan State Superintendent
So, originally I was good at math and science so everyone told me I needed to be an engineer. Well, in my first year of college I started tutoring. The thing about it that really inspired me was I was able to take a struggling geometry student and have her find a little taste of success and ultimately find confidence in what she was doing in mathematics and after just a couple of weeks of that I knew. I knew that what I was destined to do is to be a teacher.
2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year
I think my proudest moment is when you hear from your students say, 'Yes thank you for making me work, thank you for having high expectations.'
Most of us went into the Armed Forces because we want to contribute to something greater than ourselves. Most of us don't want to just take that jacket off and put it in the closet and forget about America when we retire. We want to find a way to continue to serve and being a teacher is probably at least as important if not more important. My job as an officer was to help young Marines accomplish the mission and trying to succeed at whatever goals they have, and my job as a high school teacher is to help young high school students succeed as a professional, life-long learner, get them to graduate, set them up so that they can move on to the next phase of their life. So in a day, in a lot of ways, it's almost the same job.
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