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Distinguished Teacher Jon-Paul Ewing

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

Lighten up, don't take yourself too seriously. The kids are the best part of the job and you are lucky to guide them each day. Never forget that they all have their own crazy lives and you only teach them for 1 hour a day. Don't be afraid to ask them how their day is going and be ready to listen. It takes time and effort to know your students but it is so worth it.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The students. Every day I'm laughing with them and just enjoying them. Each day is different and you have the control as the teacher to determine how the week will go.