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Distinguished Teacher Courtney Hall

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

I would advise a new teacher to get to know the veteran teachers at the site and use them as a resource. Collaboration is an invaluable asset - USE IT! Ask them how they organize lessons, implement technology, or decide their classroom management style. Also, don't be afraid to try something, change it, drop it, scratch it, and start over. Teaching is a craft that allows you to change your style over and over again to best suit you and your students and to constantly improve as a professional.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The best thing about teaching is having the opportunity to make an impact in the world through my students. By being the best positive role model I can be, bringing laughter and fun into learning, and through mutual respect, I have had the pleasure of seeing my students rise to meet the high expectations I have of them.