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Ruth Ferree, University of Virginia, Curry School of Education

“As we teach, we experience the joy of learning over and over. Our mirror neurons fire, and our body responds to the successes we observe.”

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Maggie Thornton, Charlottesville (VA) High School

“There was an earthquake on my first day as a teacher; it was also the first one I had ever experienced. Some might have seen it as a sign that this wasn’t the profession for me.”

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J.M. Holland, Head Start

“Being an administrator instead of a teacher feels like an artist walking into someone else’s studio.”

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Sarah Wysocki, Hybia Valley Elementary School

“After the school year ended, I received a separation letter from DCPS. The stated reason for termination was a poor final evaluation, which was caused almost solely by my students’ test scores.”

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