NAME: Rebecca Burns POSITION: English teacher, Chariho High School AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Westerly EDUCATION: Westerly High School, University of Rhode Island, B.A. in Secondary Education and English FAMILY: married, no children yet WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A TEACHER? I had incredible teachers during my time at Westerly High School who challenged my thinking and encouraged my creativity. My high school experience combined with my love of the humanities made becoming an English teacher a no-brainer! WHAT IS MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION AND WHY? I have found that the most challenging part of being a teacher is making the content engaging for a wide variety of students. To appeal to different interests and learning styles, I enjoy offering my classes options whenever I can. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT ONE OF YOUR MORE MEMORABLE MOMENTS AS A TEACHER? I once had a student who struggled academically and emotionally. After working with her for three years, I attended her graduation portfolio presentation where she spoke about how I was her favorite teacher and how I helped her get where she is today. It was the first time I needed tissues at a portfolio presentation; it doesn’t get any better than that. Nominate an educator: Do you know a teacher that deserves to be profiled? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.