Kevin Shifley Teacher 847-838-7130 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me I believe each of us are born with the ability to create and think imaginatively. How else do you explain the way children turn a tree fort into a pirate ship or a stick into a magic wand. I try to ignite in my students a passion for creativity. I teach them the to have self confidence and to remain curious. This is how discoveries are made. Moving forward in our society we need more young people making discoveries. Albert Einstein said "you can't solve the problems of today with the thinking of yesterday" A Teachable Moment I'd like to share a little about how I discovered teaching was my passion. When I was in high school I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in. I knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn't have a plan beyond that. I thought maybe I'd go into the business or get into sales.... because as a 17 year old, I was very motivated by money. But I didn't love the idea. Maybe the money would be good but I didn't have a passion for business, I wasn't excited about sales. I was worried I wouldn't be happy sitting behind a desk. I thought about going into the trades, because I love the satisfaction of building things with my hands, but my parents were really pushing me to go to college. Then one afternoon in my sculpture class, my Art teacher and I were discussing my dilemma. That is when she suggested that I go into teaching. Up to this point in my life I had never been struck by an "AHA" moment, but I knew this had to be one. It was on that day I discovered what I was supposed to do for my career. I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it sooner.