Ask a teacher what he or she does and most likely the response will be, “I teach math” – or music, second grade, biology – or something very similar. The next time someone ask you what you do, say instead, “I give hope.” That’s what the job is all about – giving children and young adults hope that they can learn, provide for themselves and their families, use their potential, change the world. Your subject matter is what you do – what you teach – but does not define your job. Your job is much greater than helping students pass the tests. Yes, do that too, but remember a student who sees, hears and feels hope is more likely to succeed both at school and in life.