Great teachers come from all walks of life. They come from all corners of the country and across all disciplines. Great teachers are young and old, work with all different types of students and oftentimes have widely varying teaching strategies. But, they all have one thing in common: great teachers have a huge impact on the students they teach. They enrich their students' lives by acting as role models, providing knowledge and caring about their students by forming personal connections with them beyond the lessons they teach in the classroom.
There is no single way to become a great teacher and what works for some teachers may not work for all teachers. There is, however, quite a bit we can learn by looking at the people who have been lauded as great teachers. Why did they want to become teachers? What do they do differently than others to make that special connection with their students? What kind of an impact do they actually have on their students?
Teach.com has been speaking with award winning teachers from across the country to hear their stories and, hopefully, find out a bit about what it is exactly that makes them great. If you are currently a teacher or thinking about becoming a teacher, take a look at some of the Teacher Profiles below to learn a bit more about what can make a teacher great.
Do you know a great teacher who deserves recognition for their service or unique and effective teaching methods? Let us know about them! Send us a brief description of the teacher to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Great Teachers".