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Meet Lana O’Shields, Spartanburg School District One Teacher of the Year

Today’s #teacherhero, Lana O’Shields, is a reading coach for pre-K to 3rd grades at Inman Elementary School.  Here’s a bit of her story:

“I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. My first classroom is easy to describe. As a child, I arranged my stuffed animals in their desks, gave each one discarded textbooks and spent hours imagining my days as a teacher. As creative as my imagination was, I had no idea my dreams would become reality, and my passion for learning would be my lifelong career.

The most satisfying part of my day is being greeted with a smile from both students and teachers. I want them to be just as excited entering the building each day as they are when it is time to leave. We work hard to develop strong, caring relationships with each other, and in doing so we can sustain a loving, working, thriving, school community.

My advice to people who are considering entering the teaching profession would be to stay close to teaching, continue to grow and learn as a professional, and strive to constantly immerse yourself in the world of children!

The demands on teachers are constantly growing. We are not seeing an increase in time, resources, or support to effectively achieve the new level of expectations. Dorothy Ray once stated, ‘Very talented people need ways to grow, and if you don’t give them that, they tend to wither or wander away.’ I feel it is my job as an instructional coach to provide the teachers in my building with the support, collaborative learning environments, and professional growth opportunities they deserve.”

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