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Distinguished Teacher Demetrius Olsen

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

If you are considering a career in teaching, take it for a test-drive first. Sign up to be a substitute teacher and explore different grade-levels and subjects. Talk with teachers who love what they do and find what drives them to keep coming back year-after-year.

What's the best thing about teaching?

For me, the best thing about teaching is that I have a chance to inspire students to think and to challenge themselves. I have 185 days to find ways for them to take risks, learn from mistakes, and experience success. I have the opportunity to make a subject that I enjoy using all the time (math) come to life. It's a HUGE challenge that I find fun and rewarding.