“Believing in someone (empowering them to keep striving for their dreams and goals) goes a long way. Even if an individual’s dream may seem far-fetched or even impossible, the knowledge that someone, even if it is only one person, believes in them, can keep his/her dream alive. Without the help of the great teachers that have guided me along my educational journey, I cannot honestly say that I would have become the educator that I am today. There were many teachers throughout my schooling who doubted that I could be successful, as I was coming from an underprivileged community in the Bronx. But there were others who were deeply invested in my success and saw greatness in me even when I, myself, did not see it. I applaud them for going above and beyond in their efforts to encourage me to strive to reach my dreams and for simply believing in me.
Now that I am a teacher, I make it a point to let know my students know that through hard work, they can make the impossible, indeed, possible and can achieve the wildest of dreams. I feel the need to challenge my students intellectually because I am confident that they have all of the potential to succeed in this competitive world, similar to how my teachers challenged me. I teach because I truly BELIEVE that all students are capable of learning and excelling regardless of their background.”
Yelena Bryksenkova - ‘Ghost’
Works by Andrew Nichols.
Doberman biting the leg of model Christie Brinkley photographed by Chris Von Wangenheim for Vogue February 1977
“I teach because I truly believe I can make a difference in the lives of the students and families that I serve. Teaching may be one of the most undervalued professions in the eyes of greater society, but yields the greatest rewards to me in my life. When I am amongst my students I am alive, as the light bulb of understanding goes off in their minds, I live. Teaching to me is more than a job. It is my purpose.”