My name is Beth Cannon, and I am a third-grade reading and social studies teacher at Julia P. Bryant Elementary School. I have been an educator for six years, serving in both Bulloch County and Colquitt County for three years.
I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Georgia Southern University. I am currently completing my Educational Leadership degree from GA Southern.
Many factors and individuals influenced me to become a teacher, but the most important was my desire to make a difference in the lives of others, especially children. Year after year, I am left with the fire to make a bigger impact on my students’ and their families’ lives. I challenge myself each year to be everything my students need. I want them to reflect on their time in my classroom as an everlasting positive experience and what kindles their love for learning.
I remind students of their purpose and the expectations I hold for them. I remind them we are a team that must work together to be successful. There are days I make difficult phone calls to inform parents about a tough day. The conversation is not always easy, but I remind parents I am here for them, and we are a team for their child’s success.
My hopes and dreams for my students are unimaginable. I love the challenge of helping them achieve. My goal is to make them excited to come back and learn each day.
I chose teaching as a career because I want to make a positive impact on tomorrow’s future. I am excited about the opportunity to work with children of all ages and finding out how each child learns. I know I teach children, but I also learn from them. I am constantly tested on my ability to be a great teacher, the strengths and weaknesses as a teacher, and many other aspects that come with teaching.
Being a teacher is not for the weak at heart. It takes a special person to wake every morning with the passion to love someone else’s child as your own and do whatever it takes for that child to be successful. Students need us, both teachers and parents, to love them and instill a desire to continuously learn and grow.
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