Coach John Wooden reminds us, “The best teachers never retire they only find new students.” Many teachers find the rewards of teaching go beyond the classroom. This case study includes several of the 20 educators selected in 2001 to represent the All-USA Teacher Team, an elite group of educators with diverse teaching styles.
Each has brought a passion for teaching to their students in a unique way that engages and sustains active learning. These teachers demonstrate how they find the joy in teaching. This case study examines the positive aspects of teaching as a career goal to help students get through their challenging GED prep and created in cooperation with Best GED classes education programs.
The goal: Integrate special-needs students into mainstream schools
With his up-tempo attitude and unbridled creativity, Larry Statler comes across as a teacher who was just hired yesterday. Blame passion for this illusion. The 28 years since Statler first set foot in Santa Teresa Elementary School have raced by in a blur of innovation, awards and, best yet, lasting student friendships.