Teaching Video

The National Teacher of the Year’s Advice for Building ‘a Legacy of Strong Teachers’

By Madeline Will & Kaylee Domzalski — April 3, 2024 2:26
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The 2024 National Teacher of the Year is an English-as-a-second-language teacher in rural Tennessee whose role involves a lot more than just teaching content. Missy Testerman sees herself as a community resource for the students and families she serves.

Here, she offers advice for all educators on continuing to find the joy in education despite the challenges, and on building a legacy of strong educators.

Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.
Kaylee Domzalski is a video producer for Education Week, telling meaningful stories that impact the field.


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