Picture this: Teachers across the county are waking up early, hitting those alarm buttons and slipping into their superman/superwoman (pick one?) attire (a suit designed to generate hero worship and also deal with mess). It’s out the door for another day, ready to meet the unknown challenges ahead. NPR Ed, as part of their 50 great teachers series highlighted one amazing teacher in A ‘Wisdom Keeper’ Draws From a Deep Well of Navajo Culture.
Tia Tsosie Begay, a fourth-grade teacher at a small public school on the outskirts of Tucson, AZ,is a champion for each and every one of her students – including those that are the most challenging to reach. She shares a strong conviction, one that I hear echoed in hallways across our country,
“that no child is a lost cause, no matter how troubled he seems. It’s the unspoken pledge teachers start out with…”
Armed with her strengths of humor, perseverance and zest, Begay brings her best to bring out the best in ALL of her students each and every day.
Haven’t been in a classroom lately? Take a moment to read or listen to this amazing interview.
And…if you are moved, take another minute or two to thank a teacher this week. It’s hard being a superman/woman every day to a classroom full of energetic kids. A small expression of gratitude can go a long way to encourage a fearless, but occasionally worn out super hero.