Teaching is an art form that takes years to get right. And even when you think you have gotten it right, you find there is always ways to improve. As a teacher is it our job to create well-rounded students. Most times in the classroom we are more than a teacher; we are nurses, moms, dads, guidance counselors, problem solver, etc. To create a well-rounded student we need to be all of these things.
Just recently we had a Muffins with Moms celebration at our school. During this celebration students can bring their moms to school and share a muffin together with their classmates and teacher. Many students are very excited for this day and can’t wait for their mom to come! On the other hand there are also some students who were sad because their mom could not make it that day. This is where I need to be more than ‘just the teacher.’ I needed to be mom for those students, and I was. For all my students whose mom could not come they had a substitute mom for the morning, me!
They had a great time and had wonderful smiles on their faces.
At that moment, when you see the joy on your students faces, you know what teaching is about. Being a great teacher isn’t just about being able to teach well. It is about reaching the whole child and understanding who they are. It is about making sure your students feel loved on a day when their mom couldn’t be there, making that call home at 4:30 on a Friday evening to make sure a student is feeling okay, and providing them the notebook and pencils that they can’t ask mom and dad for because money is short. These traits make a great teacher and will stay with a child long after you are done teaching them how to add fractions, how to write an essay, or even knowing the
phases of the moon.
My beliefs about teaching are transcended into my classroom and teaching style. My students know that I am an adult they can count on every day to be there for them. They know every day coming into math class there will be stability, structure, love, and respect. My students know I will always be there to root them on when they are struggling and correct them when they make mistakes. Being an outstanding teacher isn’t about just being able to teach. It is the total package or being what your students need, and I feel I fit this role within my school and classroom.
The iLearn Teacher of the Year Program honors excellence in classroom education and provides a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.
iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that iLearn Schools can bestow upon a teacher. This program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.
Every spring each campus selects a Teacher of the Year and amongst them, one iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year is selected. The one teacher that is selected as the iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year may represent iLearn Schools in the Governor’s Teacher of the Year and the New Jersey Charter School Association Teacher of the Year programs.