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    Posted September 11, 2012 by
    Manistee, Michigan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Teachers: Why do you teach?

    Why I teach


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kpostma says going into teaching was a natural fit and even passed on a higher paying job to be a teacher. "I was very flattered, but declined because I didn't think that I would have the same impact on the world as I do in education," he says. "Teaching is a tough career and I do think teachers are undervalued. Large class sizes are difficult, but my students inspire me. They want to learn and find success. I can help them do that."
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    When I returned from my Peace Corps experience in Honduras, I wanted to pursue a profession where I helped move society forward. I am a high school biology and AP environmental science teacher. I get the opportunity to work with students to are at a very influential time in their lives. Science molds our understanding of our planet and it is the engine that drives our economy. Not all of my students will pursue science but my hope is that I can inspire a few more to go into the field and others will be more educated citizens. Our young people will shape our country and planet. They deserve the best preparation that I can offer them.
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