The Challenge and Rewards of Teaching: A Teacher Success Story

Dana Casey loves the challenge of teaching students something new.

“A student saying ‘This is the first time I’ve ever understood this concept,” she says, “is the most rewarding feeling.”

Ms. Casey works hard to make sure her students understand how to read and write because she knows the skills her students learn in her classroom will be essential, regardless of their career choices.

“To succeed in any field,” she says, “one must understand effective communication… no matter what career path he or she chooses, he or she will have to speak to people, write reports, emails, applications, and read!”

She leads her kids to success through her instruction, but she also works collaboratively to help her coworkers excel. She knew that the standards implementation process was going to be a big challenge. So she got to work, as her district’s lead teacher to make that rollout smooth.

She led professional development opportunities at her school, as well as, the district level to help others plan for these changes. By working together and preparing, she was able to both support others and learn from her fellow educators.

“The biggest challenge” Ms. Casey admits, “was studying and understanding for myself so I was prepared to help and lead others.”

Through careful preparation and excitement for teaching students, Ms. Casey helps her students develop the skills they will need for their future and she supports her colleagues along the way.