Why I Work in Education
Real stories, real inspiration, from real West Ada School District employees.
School district employees - we want to hear from you! Tell us what motivates you to do this important work. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you inspired? What makes you love being a teacher or member of support staff?
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I work in education because...
I was inspired by my third-grade teacher to make a difference. I teach to make a difference in the lives of students as well as peers. I aim to create life-long learners by showing them that knowledge is power. I thrive to see those ah-ha moments that guide students to want to learn/grow more!
I love teaching Kindergarten! Our littlest learners are so eager and excited to be in school. I love nurturing their love of learning, and watching them grow into students by the end of the year. Getting to be the first person to introduce them into a long education is a priviledge, and I love that every day is different. Some days are hard, and some days we do get to finger paint, but mostly we work hard and grow and grow and grow! I love my job!
I have been in various postitions from working with students, with parents, and with staff. At the District Service Center, I am now able to continue to use my experience and knowledge to help people. If I can help the parent just starting out learn what steps to take to have a child enter school, I'm happy to help. If I can provide a staff member with help to a question, guideance, or task, I'm happy to help. Sometimes, just helping another person get through thier work day or concern is a strong reason I work in Education.
I remember hating math class as a student. It was a class of rote memorization and repeating a process that was demonstrated by the teacher. The homework was 60 problems where I had to "solve for x." Then the test was 20-30 similar problems where you were penalized for any small mistake. I regularly earned B’s and C’s in my classes and was sure that I wasn’t very good at math. However, as I explored the subject, mathematics is full of beautiful patterns, intriguing relationships, and often surprising results. I became a teacher to help my students find this side of mathematics. I want to encourage them to look for and explore patterns and relationships they find. I want them to learn that there are many different approaches to a problem and, sometimes, even different answers. Finally, I want my students to understand that it is okay to make mistakes when solving a problem. After all, rote computation is why we invented calculators. I became a teacher because I want to help more students find success in mathematics.
I am blessed to be a drama teacher at MVHS. A lot of times, the students are having fun and laughing and not realizing that they are learning critical thinking and analysis skills as they read scripts and create characters. The drama department is a safe place for all students to explore and create different roles. It is amazing to watch students build confidence in themselves as they participate in plays after school. Many of the friendships kids make in drama class turn out to be lifetime friendships and I'm grateful that I get to be a part of this.
I teach because I believe all students deserve a safe, welcoming space. I don't always know what is happening in students' lives, but I want to be the adult that my students will come to with every question, triumph, and challenge.
As an ELD teacher, I have the priviledge of working with some of the most resilient students in our schools. I've seen students from war-torn countries, who have witnesses atrocities beyond my imagination, get excited about learning how to write a paragraph. I've seen students who are bullied for their skin color or accent or clothes proudly give speeches to their supportive classmates. I've had students who go to jobs after school to support their family come in at lunchtime to ask for homework help. I've had students with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds feel confident enough to ask me for, and educate me on, their own needs within the school system.
My students, and many more, don't have to love school; the odds are stacked against them. But when they feel safe and feel welcomed, school might just be the place they want to be. I teach because I want to be an advocate for all students.
I teach, because I love it. Everyday is different, challenging, and rewarding. There's never a dull moment. I work with middle school kids, and they are curious, engaged, quirky, challenging, but most of all AMAZING!!! Teaching makes me feel like I'm making a difference, in our community. The challenges make me a better teacher, the students keep me coming back. After 23 years, everyday if a new experience. When a student finally gets the conecpt I'm teaching, it's a magical moment. I can't imagine doing anything else.
I got into teaching later in life (40 years old) because it was always a dream of mine. I continue to teach because the kids make me laugh everyday and keep me feeling young. Everyday is different so things never get dull. The students are so sweet and surprise me when I least expect it. Teaching is the greatest career anyone could have. It's an honor to help educate the children of West Ada's wonderful parents.
I teach because my students need to know they have someone who cares about them! I teach because my students deserve to have the best education. I teach because I love watching my student's minds get blown by something or understanding something. I teach because my students matter.
6th World Civilizations and Electives
Crossroads Middle School
As a member of the school district's communication team, I serve staff, students and families through several communication platforms. My favorite part of working in education is sharing the stories of students and staff. I know the photos, videos, texts, emails and more help amplify the good going on in our schools which builds positive rapport with our community.
District Service Center
I love providing kids opportunities to be a part of the dialogue of our world. To research all sides of issues, to ask all the questions, to provide evidence to back up their claims, and offer them a platform for using their voice. I teach how we can have discourse, even when we disagree - that we each have the ability to become critical thinkers and persuaders... Words matter!
Mountain View High School
I teach because I love interacting with students. It's so fun to see them smile and grow as learners. I love hearing their opinions (and middle schoolers have a lot of them!) and hearing them explain their thinking.
I teach with the goal of helping my students be critical thinkers, to be kind humans, and to discover and enjoy happiness in life. I teach so that my students can have a better world and so that THEY can make the world better for all of us.
6th Grade ELA
Sawtooth Middle School
I teach because I want as many students as possible to have healthy, safe, inviting, and inspiring environments to learn. I teach science because I believe more students should have more hands on learning opportunities to become "scientists." I teach because I am passionate about helping kids discover their strengths. I teach because I want to encourage students to become life long learners in subjects THEY are passionate about.
I teach because I want every single student to know a teacher that inspired them, that pushed them, that told them they were loved and capable. I teach because every student deserves a teacher who cares about them, their learning, and their future.