While most student teachers are nervously preparing curriculum and writing letters of introduction, others are putting together awe-inspiring welcome videos that go viral. May we introduce Mr. (Dwayne) Reed, the YouTube sensation (over 1.2 million hits) who is in his first year teaching fourth grade at Stenson Elementary in Skokie, Illinois. He credits his mom with helping him maintain perspective. “Sure, a few more people in the world know my name, but I’m just the same, goofy, introverted guy—loving my students and teaching them well is what matters most.” Stay tuned: He and his principal are talking about doing an end-of-year video with the kids!

 

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