Victoria Heilig Teacher 847-838-7114 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me I feel a duty to ignite students' discovery of literature they would not pick up on their own. I love reading for pleasure, but that's very different than the literary experiences we share in a classroom. Classic literature becomes so for a reason, and though most people--myself included--don't gravitate toward it when looking for a good read, it has many rewards. The book is likely well-written and rich with themes worth exploring. But beyond that, there is value in challenging your mind, improving your reading skills, and becoming part of a shared literary experience. A Teachable Moment In 8th grade, I learned that being smart--being an honors student--did not mean that everything would come easy for me. 8th grade was the year I was introduced both to Algebra and to a world of insecurities about my intelligence. I had to overcome the first real learning challenges I'd ever faced, and with the experience, learned something important. Being an "honors student" is not a one-size-fits-all label. It's okay to be smart in some areas and average in others, and I learned that pushing myself beyond my interest, limitations, and happiness just to be an honors student in all subjects wasn't very smart at all.