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Distinguished Teacher Sara Norris

What advice would you give to people considering a career in teaching?

Find colleagues who challenge and inspire you and keep in touch with them. They will help you bring your practice to the next level.
Take the time to open your door to parents. Building trust with families will greatly improve the impact you have on student achievement.

What's the best thing about teaching?

Infusing creativity and innovation into content in a way that excites and empowers my students as agents of their own growth and learning is what keeps me going. I enjoy crafting learning environments that encourage exploration and meaning making in the content areas. Facilitating collaboration between students so that they can learn from one another is also very rewarding for me as a teacher.