Today’s deep-dive Q&A with Indiana’s Teacher of the Year reminds me of one of my favorite high school teachers. Like Tamara Markey, my teacher didn’t come to teaching right away — she spent years in the business world, ultimately deciding to become a business teacher not long before I met her. I don’t think I’ve ever know anyone who’s been more excited about accounting or being an entrepreneur.
Her passion, she said, came from her glimpse into the working world and how she could use that to make sure her students were more prepared, more motivated, and hopefully, more successful. And while her path certainly isn’t the only way to come by passion for what you teach, it always struck me just how much she loved her subject and sharing it with her students.
In that vein, Stephanie Wang brings us a closer look at Markey’s approach to teaching. The Lawrence Township educator also came to teaching as a second career, and her passion for STEM and creating opportunities for students of color helps drive what she does in the classroom. Read more in the link below.
— Shaina Cavazos, reporter