Preparing Educators as Leaders

Abigail Riley

PDS Intern
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There is that one teacher that everybody will remember for the rest of his or her lives. These are the teachers that really make an impact on their students in a positive way. In the inner city schools it is so important that you make that positive impression on every student that enters the classroom. I think that it is the teacher duty and responsibility to be a good role model for their students, no matter the situation at home for the students the teacher needs to support the students as much as possible in and outside the classroom to succeed. If the student is not being supported then they will not have very much motivation to be challenged or to work hard.

It is important as a teacher to be that support system and try to be a light to every student. I feel as if there is a need for quality teachers everywhere but I think that there is a very large need for quality teacher where the students are at a higher risk of not succeeding. I want to be able to touch as many students’ lives as possible.The idea of team teaching is very fascinating to me and I am very intrigued by it. I think that having the ability to work, as a team to teach the students is a very good idea and could be very beneficial to the students. I want to learn as much a possible in the upcoming year and I think I will gain so much information to become a better teacher in this program. I want to be the best teacher I can be and I think this program will help me grow in a way that would be beneficial to my future students.


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