“Having taught, I know students put more effort, and learn more when they are working towards tangible objectives. In 2005, I took 15 inner city youth to a symphony concert to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. Those students worked hardest for me when they were earning the right to go on the trip through participating in my class. Students analyzed primary sources, completed assignments over their Christmas break, and began creating documents to include in a traveling trunk other students could use to study slavery.
My proudest moments were listening to my students telling other concert goers about how and why they were at the concert, and seeing the reaction of those concert goers when they heard all the accomplishments that were required in order to be there that evening. I want other teachers to feel that same sense of pride in their students, knowing that standards are mastered and lessons learned that will last a lifetime.”