Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock “My students are part of my community for much longer than they are in my classroom. They are part of my heart forever. I am not just their ‘teacher.’ I am part of their village, I learn from them, challenge them, coach them, and believe in them. In return, they teach me how to be better in each of these areas and brighten my day.” —Nana Kanzaveli, second grade, Los Altos, CA. Read what students wish their teacher knew.
SpeedKingz “I created TymeMachine to offer innovation and technology for kids of ages 6-12 in St Louis MO. Right away, I saw the enthusiasm in the kids. Their non-stop questions and curiosity to explore ahead of my instruction is inspiring. Their smart little brains can do wonders. We want to make every kid a maker and innovator of technology, not just a user. We want to focus on the foundations of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Initiative to equip the kids with improved problem solving skills and critical thinking ability.” —Suparba Panda, founder/visionary/technologist
Sergey-Kelin/Shutterstock “My students are just as passionate about the environment as I am. Their passion for conservation recently drove them to ask for a formal change in Park’s drop-off and pick-up policy. Called ‘Turn your key, and be idle free,’ the policy asks drivers who’ll be waiting longer than 10 seconds to turn off the car to cut down on emissions. I am tremendously proud of these students for their energy and devotion to advocating for our community and our planet. Our young people need to see that their voices are heard, and that with persistence, we can make a positive difference,” —Ellen Hoitsma, third grade teacher, the Park School, Baltimore, Maryland.