E very day in her classroom at Kohai Educational Centre makes teaching worthwhile for Elizabeth Shaw. “Each time a student progresses towards their goals despite their challenges, I am reminded how much I love teaching,” she says. “I am passionate about my work and I feel my life is enhanced both personally and professionally after each day in the classroom.” Shaw, who has a decade of experience as a teacher, says one of the things she likes the most about her job is the anticipation that fills the classroom each morning as students arrive ready for another day of learning. “Every student has a wealth of unique strengths and learning abilities ready to be put to use as they make strides towards their individual goals,” she says. “Whether it be a goal to learn how to spell or print their name, read a short story, add, multiply or set a table, watching a student achieve their goals is so exciting.” Shaw believes all children can learn and that it’s the responsibility of educators and parents to work together alongside the student to ensure success. She enjoys how each school day is a new opportunity for teaching and learning. “I feel very fortunate to be involved in all my students’ lives on a daily basis,” she says.