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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Leanne Baur

School: Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School

Subject: All elementary subjects

State:  Maryland

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

I was inspired to become a teacher because to me, school was a place where anything could happen! I wanted to share the passion I had for learning with children. I knew my mission in life was to help others find joy in education and to use their gifts to reach their highest potential.

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

I have gained a wealth of knowledge through classes I've taken, books I've read, and through collaborating with other teachers. I feel like I see lesson planning through different eyes than I did when I was first teaching. I have made it over the "Just getting by" hump into the "What more can I do?" category.

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

DO NOT GIVE UP! It does get better and although you can't see it now, you WILL be a successful teacher who touches many lives. You learn to manage behavior effectively, you learn how to squeeze more time out of a school day, and you learn how to ask for help!

My best day in the classroom was when…

my former students brought cards to me, thanking me for all I had done. The fact that they gathered together to do that for me was so special.

The best compliment I ever received was...

"I wish you were my Mom." Moms are pretty special people and for a student to say that, it shows how much love they have for you. To me, that says you are doing your job the right way! You should be like a mom to the children while they are at school.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

I have to say, the first day of school is my favorite part of the school year! I love seeing all the new faces and creating a new team that will become my school family! Everyone is nervous and excited but at the end of the day, we all make it through.

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

Promethean Board

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Sometimes, I eat healthy such as yogurt and a granola bar. Other days, I eat cookies.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?


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