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Why I Teach: Mary Wooten

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Mary Wooten is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Current teaching position

Second-grade teacher at Elm City Elementary

First teaching position

Second-grade teacher in Bennettsville, South Carolina

Total number of years teaching

16 years

Favorite quote

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.”

Most memorable moment

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love to hang all of the ornaments my students have given me over the years on my Christmas tree. I reflect on each student and find such joy and gratitude in having been a small part of their educational experience.

What is your superpower?

My superpower is compassion. I form very strong relationships with my students because they know how deeply I care for them and how important they are to me.

Why do you teach?

I teach to empower each student to believe in themselves and understand that through a good education and hard work, anything is possible.