“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” -Teddy Roosevelt.
The quote appropriately describes many dedicated educators. Our task is to share and rebuild hope, our situation is never ideal: logistical challenges, lack of supplies and funding, staff shortages, but what our schools can depend on are innovative, dedicated, and passionate individuals who stand in front of her class every single day, and staunchly demonstrate and encourage our children to overcome their own inhibitions and say, “You can do this. You will not fail, not on my watch.”
Our inspiring educator today, in her own words, “…never thought I would be hanging out at the teacher’s lounge.” Thankfully she did. A former Teach for America educator who’s practice and curriculum have been adopted on a National Scale by Teach for America and studied by 17,000 incoming corps members so far, her classroom goes far beyond math and reading. A Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, given to just one elementary school teacher from a corps of over six thousand, Ms. Julia King continues her fight for educational equity for the most needy students in her expanding role in and outside the classroom. Join us and listen in to Julia’s inspiring story, turning her idealistic ideas to a working formula for student success.