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Abstract

Paez's first year of teaching was a great challenge, but she recalls one moment when her second-grade class helped her learn that the job of a teacher requires much more than to be an organized dispenser of curriculum or an efficient manager of individuals. Rather, it requires being a person who can stay in the moment, listen carefully, respond authentically, and thoughtfully guide students closer to becoming their own best selves.

Author Biography

Marika Paez started her teaching career six years ago through Teach for America. After working in various schools in the South Bronx and Harlem, in New York City, this year she became a staff developer for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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