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Neal McDonald, Dearborn Middle School

“I refused to adjust my expectations because of past failures, teacher opinion, socio-economic status, native language, or their own negative internal monologue…they were to take responsibility for their own learning.”

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Jill Silos-Rooney, MassBay Community College

“I help them see the value in understanding the past, and they give me the freedom to be a dreamy-eyed optimist about education and a propagandist for the study of history.”

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Heather Roe, Write Reason Tutoring Services

“I teach because it’s important to know that without failure, there is success.”

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George Ganzenmuller, Edwards Middle School

“Something my school principal said last year rang true with me. He said, ‘The only happy people in the world are people who are proud of their work.’”

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Holly Ashley, Rochester Memorial School

“He had been told, ‘You can,’ and so he did.”

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Michael Flynn, William E. Norris Elementary School

“That is what learning is about. We struggle a bit with new ideas, but with the right experiences and support we learn and grow.”

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