We Appreciate our Teachers

Current Events & News, Teachers & Principals | 05/11/2016

Allison Rubin
Marketing and Communications Director

I'm excited to combine my diverse communications experiences with my education background to promote Stand's work.

Although Teacher Appreciation Week was last week we are happy to celebrate our teachers every week in Massachusetts. We spoke with a local teacher Val Joell and asked her a few questions.

Stand: Why did you want to become a teacher?
Val:  Through my work at a public education advocacy organization in Philadelphia, I learned about the incredible impact a skilled teacher could have on student achievement. Additionally, I was someone who struggled with math in middle school. Had I not had the exceptional teachers I did, I would not have grown enough to have been able to take advanced math classes in high school. Thus, a combination of the desire to help students achieve incredible outcomes (especially those who have been chronically under-served) and my first-hand experience with some amazing educators, inspired me to become a teacher.

Stand: How long have you been teaching?
Val: 4 years

Stand: What is your favorite thing about teaching?
Val: I love being able to help students develop a positive understanding of themselves as mathematicians. For some students, it's a matter of fortifying what they already believed about themselves, and for others, it can be a critical stepping stone in their development as students. 

Stand: What was your favorite subject when you were a student?
Val: English 

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