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Why I Teach

Lauren Boop: I could speak for hours on the many different reasons why I teach. Simply put, I teach because I want to help advocate for our future generations. I teach because I want my students to understand global connections, restorative social justice and the history of our world. I get to empower them to think critically, innovate, and understand past & present issues. This environment allows me to see 21st century global citizens being molded every single day. I teach because our children give me hope for the future.
Jennifer Browndorf: This week, we are highlighting our sixth-grade science teacher and Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Browndorf. She has been recognized as one of twenty-six WPCSS semifinalists, and we want to send positive energy her way so she can represent Hilburn Academy as a finalist. Please see why Mrs. Browndorf teaches through her 4 Cs Teacher of the Year video as well as her recent accolades from the NC Soil and Water Conservation and Advocates for Health in Action.
Anna Brozell: I teach to inspire children to achieve more than they thought possible. I reach out to implant excitement for learning, designing, and achievement. I enjoy teaching students to become good problem solvers. As the poet William Butler Yeats said, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
Kristin Burnette: Through collaboration and innovation, I can help alter the mindset about teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities, and cultivate a brighter, more inclusive future for special education.There are two things I want my students to know when they leave my classroom: they are loved and they can learn.  I teach because there is nothing more rewarding than those moments when my students master a new skill. The joy, laughter, and love my students bring to my life is immeasurable. 
Maria Eby: Marc Anthony put it well when he said, “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” I teach because there is no greater honor than helping another human being discover his/her own greatness and how to use it to contribute to the world. Not a day goes by that I am not inspired by the creativity, curiosity, and kindness of the students I teach. It is so rewarding to know that I provide students with the opportunity to attain the knowledge that will empower them to reach their goals throughout their lives. For me, teaching is not work: It is a privilege.
Sharon Freeze: I have always been fascinated by how we learn.  It is a wonderful challenge to me to read about brain development or educational theories and pair it with “boots on the ground” experience.  As the librarian at Hilburn, I can work beside students and staff helping them to meet their learning needs.  Our world is complex, and being able to make sense of all the information around us is what librarians help people do each day.  I love when students want to know more about something.  I love when students challenge themselves to create something new in a MakerSpace. The library is one place that all can go to throughout their lives to continue being a life-long learner.  I work to create an inviting, interesting environment in our library so all will have a positive experience. I also use my position as librarian to share books.  I love to read!  I have a favorite reading quote from Walt Disney that expresses the great gift of reading; “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” I am here as a librarian to introduce students to the rich world of literature, to help learners when they ask important questions, to push students to explore the 4 Cs, and to be a part of my school’s learning environment.  I am honored to do this work.
Erin Gannon: I teach because spending my days with children as they explore new things and make discoveries is pretty awesome. One of my favorite things to experience as a teacher is when a student meets a goal they've been working really hard to achieve. Watching a child grow as a person and a student throughout our time together is always so inspiring!