Why do I teach? When I was a student myself, I only had one teacher who was Deaf herself. I looked up to her, and wanted to be like her. Today, I am honored to be paying it forward. It’s all about giving back, and inspiring others to do their best. Now that I’m teaching, it is a honor to watch my students grow, learn, and develop self confidence, and becoming our future leaders. I love seeing the look on their faces when they make the connection between what they’re learning and their life experiences. That’s why I teach.
Fun side note: The teacher that Kristin speaks of is Mary Bauer, who has retired from teaching and is currently working at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (Metro Office). Kristin’s message came at a time when Mary was wondering if she had made a difference during her teaching career. Mary is honored, deeply moved and remembers her young student Kristy Hildebrand.
Do you teach d/hh/db? Join the fun! The “whyIteach” campaign is for us: teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing/deafblind. We are passionate about our profession, our colleagues and our students… and this is why!! Send your clip of “whyIteach” with a transcript to Anna.Paulson@state.mn.us. Your clip should be less than 1 minute in length (most are around 30 seconds). We will add captions and post it in our campaign!!
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