I am thankful to be a teacher.

The simplest answer to the question “Why?” Is because I love it.

I love it because…

It helps me to grow as a human being

It has created meaning in my life

It is a daily realization

It is not easy.

It is hard, disappointing, frustrating, and ultimately, powerful to make a difference in the life of a child.

Becoming a teacher does not end with knowing how to do it.

Because I love teaching, I am thankful to have recently recertified as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and for the leadership of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Recently, the NBPTS offered me the opportunity to participate in a Congressional briefing on 21st Century Skills in early childhood. One of the stories I told came from our book, Teaching 2030. I recorded the video below to describe what the architecture of accomplished teaching looks like in a Head Start classroom.

By setting the standard for the teaching profession and spreading the expertise of teachers, the NBPTS demonstrates the value of leadership by teachers in every aspect of the profession.

I love teaching because of students like Isaiah but also for the opportunities to grow as a  professional and a human being that students like Isaiah give me every day. The video below was featured in the Boardroom, the eNewsletter for the NBPTS. I hope you enjoy it.

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