Great Teachers Discuss Their Craft, Share Their Stories and Consider the Future of Learning

Pearson recently sat down with a handful of teaching veterans who’ve been recognized as Teachers of the Year in their own states. They talked about their craft, their students—and the future of learning.

“I loved school, I loved the smell of pencils,” Heidi Welch says. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.”

Heidi is one of a three teachers featured in this video who share stories about the events and people that inspired them to be teachers.

“I wasn’t convinced that these kids were getting the working knowledge to lead into the next century,” Barbara LaSaracina says.

Barbara gave up her private sector job to become a school teacher—was named 2000-2001 New Jersey Teacher of the Year—and talks of her story in this video about how great teachers became teachers.

In the middle of a gang firefight in Washington, D.C., Dr. Elizabeth Primas sought out cover with one of her students on the floor.

“He kept telling me, ‘I’ve got to get them!,” Elizabeth recalls.

“I started talking with him,” she says. “I told him this isn’t the life he’s meant to be doing.”

In 2000, Elizabeth was the District of Columbia Teacher of the Year—and she shares her student’s story in this video.

Our group of Teachers of the Year had a lot to say about the future of technology in learning, projecting their comments to their profession in 2030.

“I think what makes a great teacher is being able to see the long game,” Heidi Welch says, “knowing that if you’re a first grade teacher that maybe when the kid graduates as a senior you may have had some impact on that kid getting through school—for them being successful later in life.”

In this video, Heidi talks about what makes all the difference in keeping teachers in the classroom and growing the profession.