FLUSHING — The Flushing Education Association (FEA) has named Nichole McDaniel as its Teacher of the Month for March. McDaniel, a second grade teacher at Seymour Elementary School, has worked at Flushing Community Schools since 2012.
Below is an interview between McDaniel and the FEA.
FEA: Why did you become a teacher?
NM: I have always loved working with kids. However, I absolutely adored my third-grade teacher I had at Central Elementary and always said after that year I wanted to become a teacher. She’s one of our current (school) board members, Janice Winkiel.
FEA: What motivates you to put in the blood, sweat, and tears that education requires?
NM: Definitely, the outcome and success you see the students make from the beginning of the year to the end. Whether it be with their relationships or academics, it is always rewarding to see their success. That’s how I know I am doing what I should be doing and where I am supposed to be.
FEA: What role do teachers have in the community?
NM: Teachers are one of the biggest role models in a young person’s life. They are there to offer guidance. Teachers believe in kids and allow for them to believe in themselves, work hard and reach their goals.
FEA: What is a moment you’d like to share from your profession? This could be general or specific.
NM: Honestly, anytime a former student comes back to visit or reaches out to tell me “thank you” and the impact I had on their life or education.