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Why Teach?

Jesus Ortiz, a third grade bilingual teacher in Syracuse, shares a heartwarming letter he received from a student before her return to Puerto Rico with her family.

“This is really dear to me,” said Ortiz of the letter. “This is why I teach.”

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About the Initiative. Are you a college, middle or high school student thinking about your future? Are you an adult considering a career change? If you’re searching for future job ideas, or thinking about a career switch, take a look at teaching.

Your Future. Teachers make a difference every day. If you’re searching for a career that’s right for you, take a look at teaching. It just might be the future you’re looking for.

Student Voices. These high school students explain why they want to be teachers - and invite YOU to 'take a look at teaching'!

The Looming Teacher Shortage. NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango introduces the union's campaign to raise awareness about the looming teacher shortage in New York State.

NYS Teacher of the Year Alhassan Susso talks about how he became a teacher.

NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango invites you to "Take a Look at Teaching." Learn about our new campaign to strengthen teacher recruitment and elevate the profession!

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Why Teach?

Dharini Adhvaryu always thought she’d become a researcher in botany, burying her head in her studies in the corner of a laboratory. But then she thought: "I could be one scientist... or I could be a teacher and raise hundreds."

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Teachers Talk Teaching

Jessica Coles was on track to become a police detective when a college internship in a prison made her do an about-face. “I wanted to make a difference,” she said. “Before they got to prison.”

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