Hear from Charlene Evans about her passion for teaching at Washington County Schools.
My county is in rural eastern North Carolina - an hour from the beach - where everyone knows each other and there is plenty of fishing and hunting. Teaching at an early college high school, we can be very creative with field trips and college tour. We have the opportunity to become administrators with a great principal and supportive superintendent who listens, responds, and knows us. Our relationships between students and staff are great. All students should have a highly qualified teacher!
In education, there are much greater rewards than the pay educators earn. It’s seeing our students reach their full potential. Education is my calling. Students know if you have a passion for what you do and if you really care. My passion is what drives me day in and day out. I feel it is important for students to have an opportunity to form their own ideas or strategies of how to work a problem without someone influencing them. In order to build self-confidence or assist each other, I use tutoring. Sometimes I learn something new. Tutoring is a passion I have because I enjoy working one-on-one with students. I am committed to investing in all students to increase their success. I believe in having fun and giving students a reason to come to my class. I enjoy listening to my students, they say the funniest things. I like to think of the thousands of students, over the years and the differences I have made for them. I enjoy getting up in the morning and coming to work. I truly love my profession and I endeavor to treat everyone with dignity and respect. I strive to set a good example for my colleagues, as a positive role model, an advocate for public education, and to be the type of teacher I would want for my child to have. Exceptional teachers are those that can present the subject matter in a way the students understand, have a good rapport with their students, and show students how to implement the concept within the real world. The challenge and payoff of helping young people reach their potential drives my teaching. This is why I teach.
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