Kate Kiefer Teacher 847-838-7320 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me I love to read. As an English teacher, I am lucky to be able to not only read as part of my "job," but also, I get to talk about what I read with other people. However, I am not naive; I know not every student loves books like I do. But, I truly believe that everyone can be inspired, in some way, by a book. My goal is always to have each and every one of my students take something away from my class. Maybe it's an entire novel, maybe it's only one sentence, but if they leave with a different view of the world from when they started, I have succeeded. A Teachable Moment As an English teacher, I should have a story that involves reading or writing; however, that is not the case. For me, my "teachable moment" came as a sophomore in high school in my geometry class. Math had always come relatively easy to me, but geometry was a different story. My grade was teetering between a B+ and an A- all semester. My teacher had given us the opportunity to complete an extra credit unit, so I jumped at the chance. I struggled through it, and even went to my teacher for extra help, and I remember saying to my teacher, "I want an A." Yes, I was motivated by the grade, but I also felt extremely proud that I had learned something pretty much on my own. I received the maximum amount of extra credit points, as well as an A in the class. For the first time, I realized what self-motivation really was. The effort I put in truly paid off, and I have carried that with me through my life. It has helped me do well in school, have a successful career, and even run a marathon!