Teaching kindergarten has never been easy, but could you imagine doing it for forty-four years? Mrs. Sharon Howard has done just that. She reflects on her teaching career, the kind of teaching she does that would cause a senior to name her as a STAR teacher, and how she taught in-person in 2020-2021 without missing a day of school. Mrs. Howard is a truly remarkable woman and I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have. Congratulations on your retirement, Mrs. Howard and for all of the contributions you made to so many children and families over the years! This is a bonus, extended episode of the 10 Minute Teacher. It is a privilege to teach with Mrs. Howard and so many remarkable teachers like her at my school. She is truly a remarkable educator and I'm proud to call her my friend and mentor. Her attitude towards learning and growing is amazing! I hope you'll take the time to listen to this one all the way through!
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Educators who have taken a more unconventional path often have the finest insights and are the most vocal supporters. As a consequence of her extensive expertise, Mrs. Sharon Howard clearly comes into that group. Those who govern and manage education frequently come from a typically masculine perspective, conflating early education with babysitting and believing that the abilities needed are “inborn” or “common sense,” particularly in female instructors, and so believe they may be discounted economically. A more educated viewpoint recognizes that early education lays a cognitive and emotional foundation that leads to strong, healthy people who become reliable taxpayers, well worth the investment of time, money, and, as Mrs. Sharon Howard so eloquently puts it, respect.