“People tell me that my kindergarteners can’t do this, but I know they can. I see them do it every day.” That spirit defines Erica’s classroom, where she taps the endless energy and curiosity of her 5-year-olds—who ranked in the 90th percentile nationally in math last year—to jumpstart their first year in school.
Erin’s passion is not just teaching science, but cultivating future scientists. That’s why her students spend at least a quarter of class time building their scientific inquiry skills: writing their own hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.
Affectionately nicknamed “Ms. Sunshine” by her students, Stephanie brings joy, warmth and a sharp sense of focus into her fifth-grade classroom at Achievement First Brownsville Middle School. “I’ve known since I was 10 years old that I wanted to teach, she says. “There’s no other job in the world.”
Zeke is a classroom craftsman—meticulous, persistent, determined to get it right. “There are not many nine-year veteran teachers who still crave feedback on plans, course materials and lessons regularly,” says his principal. “Zeke’s hunger to grow and develop has not done anything but get stronger.”
Winners participate in a one-of-a-kind summer residency.
on your craft and your profession in an intensive, five-week summer residency.
with other exceptional teachers and staff across TNTP.
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the essential elements of your practice in a collection of essays for teachers.