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A Teacher’s Mission :: Saving the World One Student at a Time

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A CalTeach Interview

Marcia Woods is a young woman determined to make the world a better place, one student at a time. A sixth year teacher, Woods works at Tokay Elementary School in Fontana teaching second grade students.

BVN: Why did you become a teacher?
MW: I believe it is one of the best ways to use my talents. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of other human beings and knew teaching was one of the best ways to achieve that goal.
BVN: What has been your most challenging experience?
MW: I have had the most difficult time trying to stress character and moral development, while meeting all the district’s standards.
BVN: You have found character development to be difficult to incorporate, so why teach at a public school, why not teach in a private environment?
MW: A lot of that is because of my family background. My parents always worked in the community and since I was a little girl, I remember helping the less fortunate. Who is going to reach all kids, if we just focus on those who already have? I believe it is an important service for all students.
BVN: What has been your most rewarding experience?
MW: When the parents confirm a change in their child. When they tell me that their child is more responsible, more helpful, or generally better because he or she is in my class. That’s the ultimate compliment.
She grew-up in the Inland Empire’s Pedley community and currently resides in Beaumont. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL and a master’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino.
BVN: Would you recommend teaching as a profession?
MW: Yes, of course, Next to parenting, teaching is one of the most thankless jobs. However, it also makes you a better person. You become better, you’re less selfish, and you have purpose. You have the opportunity to see the direct effect of your work. Plus, this profession is extremely secure. Teachers are always needed. You have full medical benefits...and where else do you get 16 weeks of paid vacation a year?

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