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Teachers of NCCAT - Leigh Hopkins, Central Cabarrus High School

Leigh Hopkins,

Central Cabarrus High School


If I could give my beginning-teacher self some advice, there are a few things I would say. The most important thing to know about teaching is the relationships you build with your students. They want to know you care. Also, ask for help when you need it! Using your resources is a sign of strength, not weakness.  Teach your students all the classroom procedures during the first 2 weeks of school. This will set you and them up for success. Find as many ways as possible to put "FUN" into your lessons. Learning is enjoyable when we laugh and are active. Seek out the most positive and impactful teachers at your school and hang out with them! Stay away from the complainers and naysayers. You become a composite of the 5 people you hang around the most.


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