Hear from Joseph Kang about keeping a connection with his students, even after they've left his classroom.
Over the years, I have collected student notes that have really inspired me. I hope that, eventually, those students and I can actually look at these together, talk about their growth—how much they've changed—and all the great things that they're doing, because they're the ones who make me great.
I decided to become a teacher because of its profound impact on a small scale to a large scale. Teachers work with students, guide them in their passions, and address their mental, academic and social needs. When students become college- and career-ready, they make individual choices and advocate for their beliefs. Ultimately, students become an active, productive citizen in our society. Teachers are responsible for imparting their knowledge to help students be successful in all avenues of life around the world. In the words of theoretical physicist, Paul Dirac, and my former honors science teacher, “Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.”
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