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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Rhonda Skipper

School: Triton High School

Subject: Special Education

State:  North Carolina

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

My mother, who was a teacher herself. I saw her love for her students and her determination to better herself and her life.

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

Everything is more centered and the students are more globally aware of the world. Today's teaching has the student at the center of the classroom rather than the teacher.

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

I would say that if you do not love teaching, then your motivation to be a teacher will not last long. You have to love your job in order to stay focused and to endure the many hours and days of the classroom. You do take the classroom home with you, the good, the bad and the ugly. Some days you will cry. Some days you will laugh. So to have the love there of your students and co-workers makes the career worthwhile.

My best day in the classroom was when…

the student looks up at you and says, "Oh, now I see, now I get it." It is when their face lights up like a light bulb when they finally understand something.

The best compliment I ever received was...

when a student comes up to me and hugs me and says, "I miss you Miss Skipper."

What's your favorite part of the school year?

I really like the beginning of the school year with new faces and old. I like studying and teaching about all the holidays in between August and December. Since I teach all subjects, we integrate all the subject areas around the holidays.

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


What do you eat for breakfast on school days?


What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

House Hunters International


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