Teachers have important roles, no matter what side of the world they’re on

Originally published in The State – October 23, 2019

No matter where you are or where we come from, we all have the capacity to help someone else. As a health science teacher, my mission is to educate the next generation. So when an opportunity came up to travel to Micronesia and train nurses, I jumped at the chance to help. Traveling there made me realize how similar the learning process is around the world.

I realized that the nurses I trained in Micronesia aren’t too different from my students at Cyber Academy of South Carolina. In the beginning, they were both nervous about learning new material and intimidated to ask questions. As the class went along, they slowly became more open and engaged in the lessons. Another quality that they both share is an eagerness to learn and soak up the skills they need to succeed. Two classrooms on either side of the world, yet the students are the same.

I believe it’s important that teachers realize the important role they play. As educators, our goal is to support and prepare students so they can have fulfilling futures, no matter where they are or where they come from. I hope that all teachers keep this in mind as we embark on the rest of the new school year.

Katrina Haynes

West Columbia, SC

To learn more about Cyber Academy of South Carolina, visit https://casc.k12.com/.

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