I consider my two daughters to be amazing educators. As their mom I can brag that they were each honored as Teacher of the Year at their schools within the first four years of their teaching careers. They work an inordinate number of hours after the school day ends to be sure that each of their students not only understands a new skill but that they also know how that skill might be used to accomplish other tasks. They are teaching children to think by using the information that they have learned. How many teachers do you remember who did that for you? I can remember every single teacher who helped me understand the importance of learning.
My amazing daughter, Betsey, and my very tall and proud husband.
Sorry, Emily, I don't have a photo of your classroom.
There are so many unsung heroes among the teaching profession that I want to share with you an article written by one of those very people. I feel very fortunate to have worked at the same school as the author, Lyssa Sadahevan, for two years. Her abilities to engage students in learning, exploring, and creating are what we would wish for all our children in every grade. Please read Lyssa's article at http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/lyssa-sahadevan/working-georgia-state-school-team and then check out her blog http://mymommyreads.blogspot.com/ . If Lyssa suggests a book or an activity I can guarantee you that "It's a Good Thing."