Why I Teach?

Teachers- we want to hear from you! Tell us what motivates you to do this important work. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you inspired? What makes you love being a teacher?

We’ll share your inspiring stories on social media and the NCESD website. Each month we’ll select a winning submission and that teacher will win a gift card for classroom supplies!

Submit a few sentences detailing Why You Teach to communications@ncesd.org. Be sure to include your name, school, and grade level!

Happy Teaching!


“I teach because I love getting to witness their little minds at work each day! Each student is vastly different and it is so special to see and hear their perspectives when we are learning.”

Conor Jorgensen
1st Grade Teacher
Midway Elementary
Moses Lake


“I teach because each day I get to be that one smile for some kids. I love seeing their faces when they “get it” or start reading. I teach because each day these kiddos come hoping to learn. Most importantly, I teach because I want each child to know they are special and important.”

Nicole Wallace
1st Grade Teacher
Sage Point Elementary
Moses Lake


“I teach because I know school might be the best part of a child’s day. I teach because learning to read will change the child’s life. I teach because I’m changing the world.”

Laura Collins
1st Grade Teacher
Grant Elementary
Ephrata



Michael Werner
Grades 9-12 incl. collaboration with 3rd Grade students from Pioneer ES Quincy
High Tech High
Quincy


“I teach to help kids better understand themselves, others, the world and their place in it. To create opportunities for kids to use their understanding to make a positive impact on the world.”

Kevin Parr
4th Grade Teacher
Lincoln Elementary
Wenatchee


“Just yesterday I told a young girl in my classroom that she had value as a person. She broke down and told me that it was the first time anyone had said that to her. That is why I teach.”

Matthew Brewer
Soap Lake High School
Soap Lake


“I teach because I love kids. I know that everyday I am impacting the future of our Valley, our Region, our State, and our Nation. I teach because I have children who need to know they are loved, that someone believes in them, and who sees their potential. I teach because being a teacher is a major part of who I am. I teach because there were teachers in my life who impacted my life and I hope to pay it forward. I teach because I am a mom who knows there are more children out there who need me in their lives. It is the hardest, most stressful, most rewarding (after being a mom) job I could possibly choose to do. But, I love it. I find great joy in teaching. I am blessed to be a teacher.”

Lizabeth Fowler
6th Grade ELA/Writing/SS
Monument Elementary
Quincy


“I love seeing kids proud of themselves with they accomplish a goal or recognize improvement with their learning. Their smiling face is the reward that keeps me going.”

Dawn Sandhop
1st Grade Teacher
Sage Point Elementary
Moses Lake


“I teach because everyone has the right to communicate to the best of their ability. I enjoy using my knowledge as a Speech Language Pathologist to help students communicate efficiently and effectively in a variety of settings no matter their mode of communication.”

Kelly Gettles
MA, CCC-SLP
Longview Elementary, North Elementary, Sage Point Elementary
Moses Lake


“I teach because every child deserves to have a safe learning environment where they can learn, make mistakes, and have a voice. When students make mistakes and can figure it out, their faces light up. Mistakes and Teachable Moments are my why.”

Anna Davis
4th Grade Teacher
Sage Point Elementary
Moses Lake


“I teach because I love kids, and they are our future.  The little lessons we teach in school today, be it sharing, or fractions, or writing a narrative, have a big impact on the kind of citizens we are creating for tomorrow.  Teaching is challenging, and I wouldn’t be pouring my life into it if I wasn’t convinced it has long-reaching positive implications.”

Barb Kooima
3rd Grade Teacher
Sage Point Elementary
Moses Lake