"Every kid needs a champion"

The minute you tell someone you're a teacher (or a teacher candidate), the first thing you usually hear is how great it'll be to get summers off. Only teachers and those surrounded by a teacher can attest to the hard work and dedication that is needed in order to ensure a safe environment where students can learn and grow. Rita Pierson is the definition of an exceptional teacher. I wish I had the opportunity to be her student. 

A 24 year old Canadian living (& teaching) in Shenzhen, China.