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Distinguished Teacher Keith Christian

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

Teaching requires much more than presenting information to students. It is equally important to learn how to listen to them, get to know them on a personal level, and inspire them to reach for their dreams, and to work towards achieving them one day at a time. I would share with new teachers that change takes time and this career is not a sprint, it is a marathon and we are in it for the long haul.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The best thing about teaching is making connections with kids as they learn that they can do anything they want. I get to teach students that their attitude, drive and determination have a direct link to their success. When they come back after graduating from high school, college, or starting a family, they reward us with their appreciation for the time we spent helping them learn the foundational skills that led towards their success. It is a wonderful reminder that we have the most rewarding careers imaginable.