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While our American school system's history books, teaching curricula and role models are still spectacularly under-representing the stories of our Native communities, I'd like you to know that in a little school in the outskirts of a small town in the mountains of Yunnan Province, China, the children are reading at least one book about Native Americans. Our Teaching Fellows there had set up a beautiful library by writing grants for book donations, lobbying their school to use the spare room that's smaller than my walk-in closet in DC (really), and setting up a comfortable, safe space for students to ...

Like many others out there, I've been blessed with an incredible set of surrogate mothers in teaching. It doesn't matter if you teach in inner-city DC or in the mountains of China where you don't understand the local dialect. We all have them. These are the women who may not have given birth to you, but nurtured you as a young educator, checked to make sure you ate breakfast and lunch, gave you stern lectures/pep talks in the teacher's lounge, and believed in you even after particularly humiliating days.

As we gear up for Teacher Appreciation Day today, I would like to take a moment to share my deepest gratitude to all of the amazing teachers I've had a chance to work with over the past eight years both in and out of Teach For China and Teach For America. As someone who makes my living off of teacher development, I'm still obsessed with you all. Here are just 10 reasons why you guys rock.


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