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Teacher Appreciation Week: #WhyITeach

​​Thank you teachers! This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. A time set aside to express thanks to educators for an often times challenging profession. To honor our instructors here at Saint Paul College, we asked a simple question: Why do you teach?

We highlighted below some of our instructors responses which we’ll be adding to throughout the week.

Craig Maus, Business Instructor

#WhyITeach : "It’s the students, the students, the students. Everyday it is (I) the teacher who is learning from the students. The teaching/learning and interaction with students is why I teach – it’s just fun! Also working with excellent staff and fellow teachers keeps me interested and energized."

Marcie Smit​h-Fields, Cosmetology Instructor

#WhyITeach : “Why do I teach? I teach because I am challenged daily by my students to grow in compassion and wisdom. The best moment is witnessing a student grasp a concept for the first time. There is no better reward than helping a student finally reach clarity.”


Ed Schones, Electrical Technology Instructor

#WhyITeach : “I teach to help my students be relevant. I teach to, in some cases help break the cycle of poverty.”


Julie Haider, Philosophy Instructor​

#WhyITeach : “I love teaching because I get to be involved in the lives of amazing people as they learn about, wrestle with, question, and reflect on interesting and potentially life-changing ideas!”


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