Why I Teach: Sherry Young

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Hearne Elementary School’s teacher of the year, Sherry Young, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Current position:

RITS (Reading Intervention Teaching Support) teacher at Hearne Elementary and the school’s current Teacher of the Year

First teaching position:

Bassett Elementary School (Rocky Mount City Schools)

Total number of years teaching:

32 years

College attended:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Favorite quote:

“Remember then, there is only one time that is important — Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether or not he will have any dealings with anyone else, and the most important affair is to do him good...” — Leo Tolstoy from his short story “The Three Questions”

Most memorable moment in your career:

The one I am in right now!

What is your super power?

Invisibility. I teach in a lot of different places all around the school, so I have to put my students and myself in an “imaginary bubble” to tune out any distractions and focus on what we are learning in the group at that time. I tell them “Let’s use our super power of making things invisible around us so we can focus on this!” Except for a fire drill, of course! :)

Why do you teach?

I must be involved in a career that has a strong sense of purpose. Success in life is directly tied to education, and teaching allows me to make an impact on others that is lasting. I truly believe the anonymous quote, “Teaching is the profession that creates all other professions.” As a reading teacher of young children, I have the privilege of laying the foundation for all future academic success and enjoying the process!