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Distinguished Teacher Dawn O'Connor

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

Teaching is about mentoring and inspiring students. The subject you teach is where your passion is expressed but always remember you are a teacher of students and not just a subject. If you want students to succeed than let them know that you have expectations for them and that you are there to support in their efforts.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The best part of teaching is watching students get excited about their own learning and mentoring them to become independent thinkers who are not afraid to ask questions about the natural world and what they are observing.