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Teacher of the Day

Name: Jasmine McClain

School: Combre-Fondel Elementary

Subject: All (Elementary)

State:  LA

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

I was inspired by exceptional teachers that I was blessed to have during my K-12 education. I can honestly say that all of my teachers had a true passion for teaching.

How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

I've learned to take all of the knowledge that I've gained and make it fit my style of teaching and the learning styles of my students. When I first started teaching, I think I did everything by the book. Now, I've realized that doing things by the book doesn't always work, because today's child does not always conform to "by the book" teaching.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

My advice to new and struggling teachers is to be willing to fall and get back up again. I am in my third year of teaching, and I am still learning. It is okay if you try something and it fails miserably. That's how you become a better teacher.

My best day in the classroom was when…

one of my students hugged me tight on a Friday afternoon and told me that she was going to miss me over the weekend. It's little things like that which show you how great of an influence you are to your students.

The best compliment I ever received was...

when my students are always telling me that I am the best teacher in the world...and of course I believe it.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

There is always this transition period where you start to realize that your students have really grown and become independent. I usually notice it around the second semester of school.

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?

My Promethean Board...always.

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

I usually eat cereal.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

Toddlers & Tiaras

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