Teaching isn't a job, it is a passion. To me, being a teacher possesses many responsibilities including passing on my passion to my students. Some students need a cheerleader to tell them how great they are doing, while others need someone who will push them to be the best that they can be. It is my job, as their teacher, to be all of those things for them. Having so many "roles" can be exhausitng, but at the end of the day when I get to see the smiles on their faces because they "get it", they understand Algebra, it is worth every bit of it. Every student should be able to know what success feels like. At the end of every class, I want my students to walk out of my room and feel successful.

I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. It is the most rewarding and important profession. We wouldn't have doctors, lawyers, pilots, or plumbers if someone hadn't taught them how to do those things.

It takes more than just getting up in front of a classroom and teaching to be an outstanding teacher. I feel like the key to being an outstanding teacher comes from undertsanding. Teachers have to understand their students and their needs. No two kids are the same, which means no two kids learn the same. Teachers have to see that and adjust to meet the needs of every student. There are many ascpects of a teacher besides teaching. Sometimes kids need hug because they have had a bad day.  Being able to be there for your students and having a relationship with them is important. In my classroom trust is very important…I trust my kids to listen and learn from me and they trust me to listen and teach them. Little do they know that I am learning just as much from them as they are from me. -- Brandie Gee