Academic journal article Childhood Education

Outstanding Teachers. (President's Message)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Outstanding Teachers. (President's Message)

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Recently, I had one of the most fulfilling experiences of my professional life. One of the opportunities available to the President of ACEI is participation on the Chief State School Officers' committee to choose the National Teacher of the Year. It has been a privilege to read the resumes of the outstanding teachers from the United States and its territories. These resumes represent the best of the best teachers throughout the country, and they are good!

One characteristic stands out in common for all of these teachers. They believe that all children can learn. This is foremost in their beliefs about teaching and permeates all of their writing, whether they are addressing their philosophy of teaching, their accomplishments, their goals, or their community involvement. They also express joy and satisfaction with having chosen teaching as their career, and with having remained in the teaching profession for many years.

These teachers are also highly involved with professional development in their schools, school districts, and the broader professional world of state and national workshops. They stress the importance of collaboration and the need for teachers to share ideas and work together. Many innovative ideas are expressed throughout the pages of the huge notebook of resumes I have been reading. …

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