Appreciating Teachers

It's Teacher Appreciation Month, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than by appreciating some badass teachers right here on our blog! Teachers are an integral part it the development of our future generations, and their paychecks don't show near enough gratitude for what they do. This Teachers Day we want to thank all the amazing teachers that are truly passionate about helping our nations kids. Here's to all of you, not only teaching them necessary life skills but also teaching them to value themselves, trust themselves, and most of all, to not let ANYONE tell them they can't. You. Are. Heroes.

Now a shoutout to 5 teachers we KNOW are killing it...

Sarah Jimenez

How long have you been teaching and what grade do you currently teach?

Been teaching since 2003 ... sooo 15 years. 😳 Currently teach Pre-k.

What’s the most rewarding thing about your job?

The most rewarding thing is being able to bring out the best in my students ..... to help them learn that they are in control of their lives and that each of them is important and special .... it is awesome to watch them grow in their self confidence .... also great to see them learn empathy for others and translate that into daily life.

If there was only one thing you could instill in every child that spends a school year your classroom, what would it be?

If there is one thing I could instill in every child I teach it would be.... compassion and the desire to learn about other people places and things and ideas.


Jean Messeroux

How long have you been teaching and what grade do you currently teach?

I have been teaching English to 9th graders, for three years.

What keeps you inspired in such a challenging job?

What keeps me inspired are my students, my community, and a hope that they will continue to grow and progress. 

If there is only one thing your kids leave your classroom knowing, what do you want it to be?

I would want my students to know the importance of investing and trusting in their intellect. 

Jillian Ellis

Where do you work?

I am a high school Geometry teacher at Coney Island Prep High School in Brooklyn, NY.

What made you decide that teaching was the career for you?

I decided I wanted to be a high school math teacher after taking Algebra 2 with Brother Andrew because he made it so easy and fun! I had struggled with math growing up (my mom loves telling the story about how I needed a math tutor and now I'm a math teacher!) but Brother Andrew taught in a way that was fun and engaging and I thought, "math is actually kinda easy! I can teach other people that it's easy too!" Although, my kiddos might not agree with that last statement :)

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching/working with students?

There are so many moments of joy with the kids. Watching them grow into young adults that make good decisions is very rewarding. Academic success is wonderful as well! I love when kids show appreciation for math and learning. It's very rewarding when kids who "hate" math suddenly are solving problems they thought they weren't capable of! 

Jenny Wood

How long have you been teaching and what grade do you currently teach?

Graduated 2009 subbed two years and Have been full time Since 2012. I taught 3 years of 2nd grade and am currently teaching my 3rd year of 5th grade

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I always thought about making a difference and wanted to be like my favorite teachers. I was inspired by people who made a difference in my life. (Through coaching I found I had a niche in connecting with kids).

What is the most rewarding thing about teaching America’s future generation?

I love that I can help children conquer their biggest fears. I love that I can take a label away from a kid and prove they can do what everyone says they cannot. I love being with the students everyday and being an advocate for them. I think being their biggest fan, supporter and guiding them in their learning of academics and life skills is the biggest blessing.

Danielle Sheridan

Where do you work?

I work at two high schools in Castle Rock, Colorado!

What is the most challenging aspect of your job and what keeps you inspired in those moments?

100% of the students I work with have some type of disability- be it a learning disability or on the autism spectrum. One of the biggest challenges of my job is the self-doubt and low confidence that sometimes comes along with having a disability. I strive to build my student’s confidence in themselves. What keeps me inspired in those moments is the power of a growth mindset. When you believe in yourself, anything is possible.

What is one of the most memorable moments of your career?

I have many because high schoolers say hilarious things on a daily basis, but I’d have to say seeing my students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. So much hard work leads up to that moment!

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