“It is hard to consider what I do as a job, because it is truly a part of who I am. People always say to me, “Those kids are lucky to have you,” but I’m the lucky one. Working with students day in and day out, year after year, I get to meet and become a large part of their lives. I get to be a part of molding into young adults and helping them prepare for the world. I care for them, challenge them, and encourage them as if they are my own.” —Jenni Vincelli, fifth grade, Manalapan, New Jersey
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“I love building lasting relationships with my students and being able to see them become lifelong learners.” —Maddie Mayerson, first and second grade, Somerville, Massachusetts
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