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.”
Schools in District
The Belton School District is a progressive public school district south of Kansas City that benefits from being close to a metropolitan area while maintaining its small-town charm. Educating approximately 5,000 students and employing 350 teachers, the district is one of the largest in Cass County.
A 1:1 technology initiative that has been in place for over five years provides students with the tools for 21st-century learning daily. One of ten schools in the district, the STEAM Academy educates K-6 students using problem-based learning. Grace Early Childhood and Education Center was one of the first early childhood National Schools of Character in Missouri, and is also the recipient of a FutureBuilders award through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Belton School District offers professional development for teachers through instructional coaches and professional learning communities. Outstanding facilities are available, including a state-of-the-art stadium, curriculum learning center, on-site fitness facility, ProStart kitchens and a FEMA shelter. School and community spirit are evident throughout the campus and community. The Belton School District prides itself on being a diverse district offering high-quality, rigorous education to all students.
The Belton School District offers a competitive benefits package to employees, including board-paid health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, liability coverage, sick/personal leave and more. The Belton School District maintains a competitive salary with other large districts in neighboring counties.
A bachelor’s degree guarantees starting teachers a salary of $37,403, with scheduled raises by completing additional coursework. The district is very proud of the high number of educators with advanced degrees. The district also offers an award-winning Health and Wellness program, featuring on-site fitness facilities and a variety of classes at the community recreation center. In addition, regular challenges and group activities are offered to promote healthy faculty lifestyles.
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