Inspiring Teachers Build a Successful Future
National Teacher Appreciation Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the teachers who go above and beyond to capture their kids’ imagination and creativity to inspire them to learn. We encourage teachers who challenge the status quo and are innovative with technology and teaching methods.
I recently watched a video about a second grade teacher in a rough neighborhood in North Carolina, named Mr. Bonner, who couldn’t seem to get his kids inspired by the curriculum. He decided to turn the criteria into a song, letting his kids write their own lyrics, film a music video and edit it themselves. The kids ended up passing their tests with flying colors. Imagine the excitement of these students when their video went viral, and their special sense of accomplishment for what they had achieved.
At the end of the day, it is not just about learning how to pass a standardized test, but engaging outside of the box thinking, energizing self-confidence in a child’s decision making abilities and elevating their future potential. Education is not a one-size-fits-all model, and many students are left feeling defeated when they don’t seem to succeed in the “standard” mold. Teachers like Mr. Bonner are inspiring students and reminding them that they are smart, and can succeed not only in school, but in life. So, we send out a big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful educators inspiring our youth to dedication and enthusiasm to accomplish anything they put their minds to.
Who are some of your inspiring teachers? We invite you to share how teachers have made a difference for you!
About Emily Hopton
Emily Hopton is a Claims Assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department and serves as a member of Keenan’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She is on the Leadership Council – and a long-time volunteer – at A Place Called Home, an organization supporting youth in South Central Los Angeles. Emily also works with kids through Los Angeles Team Mentoring.