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Meet Jonathan Dandurand
Good teaching is messy. It is time-consuming. It is as much an art as it might be science. We must be advocates for our students. We must protect them from too much of one thing and provide more of another at the same time. Teachers make hundreds of tiny decisions everyday and some of them will matter more than we can imagine. We transform empathy into actions, lessons and units. We see kids as they are and as they might be, even when they cannot.
Why I Teach
I am lucky to have had many wonderful teachers throughout my life. My grandfather, a minister, took his vocation seriously. Service to his community was not a job, it was a calling. He taught me how to learn and showed me the responsibility that came with knowledge. My childhood art teacher saw and valued me as an individual who did not always fit into my small Arkansas town. She helped me build bridges between my potential and my outcomes. Both of these mentors expected me to use my gifts to create meaning. They constantly challenged me. They did not protect me from failure; they helped me understand it. They compelled me to remember that forward was not optional and that it was always an opportunity. They did so much to empower me. Once I realized how seminal their roles had been, how could I not want to do the same for others?