Why I Teach: Teachers, students ‘work together as a team’

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Janie Hall, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at New Hope Elementary School and the 2018-2019 New Hope Teacher of the Year, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.


FIRST TEACHING POSITION: First-grade Teacher at Lucama Elementary School

COLLEGE ATTENDED: Barton College for Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and master’s degree in elementary education

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS: I enjoy spending time with my husband, my four children and five grandchildren. We all vacation together at least once a year. My husband and I have a goal to visit every state in the United States, and we also like to travel abroad. Even though my profession is teaching, I have an interest in interior design. I also enjoy helping others, and for the past 42 years, have had the blessing of serving in different auxiliaries in my church.

WHY I TEACH: I truly believe that teaching is one of my callings in life. As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a teacher. My younger brothers and sisters were given the distinct honor of being my students on a regular basis. In high school, I was privileged to have two dynamite science teachers who were instrumental in helping me develop a love of learning and a love of science. I am blessed to be in a profession where I can make a difference in the lives of so many children on a daily basis. Each year as students enter the classroom, I introduce them to a quote by Maya Angelou, “The sum of us is greater than all of our parts.” Together we create a beautiful classroom community where students work together as a team and share an array of talents, interests, ideas, cultures and academic and social strengths. It is my goal for every student to know that they are cared for. In addition, I want to help my students develop a love of learning and know that through commitment and hard work, they can be successful as they pursue their dreams and passions in life.