Back in 2004, outgoing national teacher of the year Betsy Rogers made a commitment to work at a disadvantaged school in Alabama for five years. In an inspiring recent post, she reflects on what she’s learned:
Being at Brighton has been the greatest challenge and learning experience of my career. Even though I have not been a classroom teacher at Brighton as I first imagined — and so desired — I believe I have been able to make a difference. I know I am a better teacher today that when I was named Teacher of the Year. I have grown in so many ways in my knowledge and depth of understanding as I have worked side by side with the Brighton teachers. I have also had to look deep inside myself and ask "Do I really have what it takes to survive in a school labeled failing?" After four years, I would say yes, but it is hard work and takes much more patience than I ever dreamed.
Sounds as if she may stay beyond the five years, too.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.