California Educator

August / September 2018

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Words of wisdom from California's Teachers of the Year alifornia Teachers of the Year are recognized for their excellence, including their ability to engage and expand young minds, and inspire colleagues and community. Who better to tap for back-to- school insights than the class of 2018? We asked Jaime Brown, Kirsten Farrell, Gregory Gardiner, Brian McDaniel and Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin to tell us what has helped and worked for them on their journeys as educators. e path, they all note, is not without obstacles, but rewards are great. "Teaching is a roller coaster," says McDaniel. "Twists, turns, sudden drops and breakdowns are to be expected. But like all great attractions, teaching should bring endless joy. So sit back, smile, and enjoy the ride!" " Be authentic, build relationships, be organized, listen to students, take chances, and do not be afraid to fail." —Kirsten Farrell 26 a great ride c BTS 2018 s p e c i a l i s s u e

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