Inspiring Growth: Sonnet Sujka
Inspiring Growth: Sonnet Sujka
Posted on 01/27/2019

Sonnet Suijka, Central Kitsap Middle School

Transcript of video:

The minute I walked into my first sixth-grade class, I just fell in love with the students.

I love that they're awkward. I love that they're busy. I love that. they're so excited and passionate.

I really was inspired to ultimately become a teacher by my eighth grade social studies teacher, Mr. Stewart. He was the first teacher that made me feel like what I thought, and how I thought, and what I had to say were important.

From that first positive interaction with a teacher where I felt valued and heard, I was able to build relationships with other teachers down the road that helped me even more.

Those connections with teachers are what help open doors for you, for me especially. And they're also the ones who inspired me to become, you know, who I am today.

I realize that students aren't going to learn from teachers that they don't like. Students aren't going to learn the new information with a teacher that they don't have the ability to make a connection with.

When my students walk in the door, I greet them at the door. They can either give me a high-five, or a handshake, or a hug.

I want to make them feel welcome in the space.

When I make those personal connections with kids, it's so much easier to help them and support them. So by welcoming the students, I'm also demonstrating to them, you know, what it looks like to have, not only a classroom community, but to be a part of a community.

I'm just inspired every single day to interact with those kids.

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