Back to school: Why teachers are both artists and warriors


As children prepare for a new semester, it’s a good time say a prayer for the people on whom all schools and students depend: teachers.


Teachers do “amazing, incredible, innovative, creative work in their classrooms every day,” says Shanna Peeples the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Peeples, an English teacher from Palo Duro High School, Amarillo, Texas, has a new assignment this semester: She is traveling America to talk about the importance of teachers.


Peeples says teachers are “truly artists.”


Teachers are artists of human potential,” she says. “Michaelangelo used to say he could see the statue within the marble and his job was to call that forth. It’s the same thing with teachers. A teacher’s job is to see the success inside each child and to call that forth.”


A successful teacher, though, needs another quality: The fierce strength of a warrior.


“Teachers today have to be warriors for our students,” she says in this video interview. “We have to be warriors of kindness and warriors of hope and our spines have to be absolute steel in our resolve to fight for the most vulnerable members of our society, which is our children.”


If you are a warrior-teacher, then “be proud that you fight for something so important,” Peeples says.


Here is the full three-minute video:




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