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Distinguished Teacher Esther Kim

  • Corvallis Middle School
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
  • Pre-Algebra, Math Intervention, and Geometry
  • 7th & 8th Grade
  • Math

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

Far too many students are unaware that they are capable of success. These students do not have enough successful classroom experiences, and failure is their norm. You need to change the norm. Providing opportunities and the necessary support for all your students to feel genuinely proud and successful in grade appropriate subject matter will change the course of their year and hopefully their lives.

What's the best thing about teaching?

I appreciate that as a teacher, I have the opportunity to help students change their attitudes about their abilities and also influence them in broadening their goals.

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