Noraa Ransey is certain that she was born to be a teacher. Actually, she can be even more precise: “I love teaching third graders to read — getting struggling students caught up and pushing them to places they didn’t think they could reach.”

Reflecting on 12 years in the classroom, the teacher at North Calloway Elementary outside Murray keeps coming back to how her job clicks for her.

“Those ‘aha moments’ and seeing growth, responding in ways that show that every learner needs something a little different — I see myself in the classroom until I retire. It’s where the magic happens,” she explains.

Ransey’s satisfaction and enthusiasm grow from finding the right job. Her exuberance, however, has also been shaped by steady involvement in a recent wave of teacher leadership initiatives created to bolster the skills and opportunities of classroom teachers (continued)…

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