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June 11, 2004

Remembering Why a Teacher

Remember why you became a teacher. When you are working long hours while your friends enjoy forty-hour weeks, and you don't think you can endure much longer, remember why you are in that classroom. You are in that classroom because you love your subject and you love kids. You are a cultivator of minds, a shaper of nations. You are not just a teacher.
---Lee Silva, Plano, Texas, Secondary Teacher of the Year

Source: Teachers Calendar Thursday, June 10, 2004 entry: from the book Teacher of the Year: 365 Quotes of Insight, Insiration, and Motivation from America's Greatest Teachers by Frank Sennett

Posted by niganit at June 11, 2004 12:22 PM
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Comments

I have to say that I am not surprised that Lee has been quoted. She is truly a passionate and highly intellingent person of science. I only wish that I could have had her as my teacher.

I have had the pleasure of sitting-in on a class and have enjoyed the ride. Her classes are exciting, interesting and very well planned.

Moreover, her ability to connect to each and every student is beyond comparison. She is a mentor and a friend to many, many students and parents. (I have never seen students fight to get into a class, until Lee started teaching.)

Not only have I had the honor of having a first row seat to her many talents as an educator, I have had the blessed privilege of being her brother. She is one-of-a-kind and I couldn't be more proud.

I love you Lee! Congratulations!

Posted by: Alfonso Silva at October 8, 2004 10:29 PM

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