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Distinguished Teacher Janet Ratkovic Feilen

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

The challenges and rewards in teaching are endless. It can be very overwhelming at first. Remember that education is dynamic and ever changing. Teaching provides an opportunity to embrace lifelong learning by keeping abreast of current trends, best practice and technology. It is essential to respect the differences, uniqueness, culture and customs of each student and their families.

What's the best thing about teaching?

Each day with students is an opportunity to provide interactions that support their emerging confidence and skills. There are daily opportunities to make a difference. A teacher gets to use their creativity and knowledge of each child's strengths, abilities, and learning challenges to individualize instruction in activities to ensure success. A teacher may be that significant person to make a difference by supporting, caring and helping a child and their family. Your influence does not stop with the child, but can influence future generations as well.