“Great Teachers”

I read an article Nine Characteristics of Great Teacher for a course that I was taking. Below you can find my reflection on this article.

This article focuses on nine reasons why great teachers make great leaders. A few reasons stood out to me the most. These reasons stood out to me because they are the driving force of my growth and development as a leader. “Great teachers know how to create a strong company culture”. “Great teachers persevere”. It is so important to have a great culture and climate in your place of employment, and most people think that it should be in great shape before you begin employment. This is not always the case, so we should constantly be aware of what we are bringing into the environment and culture, and how we can make our company stronger.

Your energy, your personality, your drive, your ethics and work ethics, can shift an atmosphere for better or worse. I believe that a strong company operates as a family, we support each other, we have disagreements, but our goal is to see everyone succeed. When we operate in this manner, everyone grows including yourself. The second reason that stood out to me was great teachers persevere. In my classroom, I had my favorite word on a bulletin, which is tenacity. The word persevere is a part of the definition of tenacity. As a teacher, we face many challenges that cause us to want to walk away from teaching altogether, but it is that perseverance that keeps us going, that will to continue despite circumstances, pressure from administration and parents. Teaching is not easy or for the weak. Teaching forces us to be strong and overcome in situations that may have been designed to break us. Perseverance helps us to build character, and we become an example to those around us.

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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