"As a student teacher, I was fortunate to work with a cooperating teacher who said, 'I want someone to love the kids as much as I do.' I was inspired by that and worked at lesson planning to show my 'love.'"
"In retrospect, it was a love for teaching writing and Shakespeare, and it was this kind of love that kept me going for a few years. However, what I loved changed when I began working with inspiring, bright, and often selfless teens; I loved the 'good' kids. Now in my 16th year of teaching, I realize love isn’t a feeling; it’s an act of the will, a conscious choice I make no matter what students do. AP Amy may challenge my grading or Sophomore Sam may say, 'This is stupid' every day, but I love them. In loving my challenging students, I have found the sweetest successes."
--Tracy Fisher Bouslog, Parkway South High School, Manchester, Missouri
10 years teaching