Love is in the air. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we asked members of the College of Education community why they love being in education. See their responses below!
1. “What I love about being in education is that it provides opportunities to help improve the lives of others, and to have a positive and sustaining impact on future generations of students and their families.” – Dr. Gregory Anderson, Dean of the College of Education
2. “Being involved in the education field is something that always interested me because my teachers throughout high school were very passionate about their particular content area as well as being a resource for students.  I love being in this field because there is such a wealth of knowledge and a desire to share this knowledge with others.” – Masaki B., Secondary Education 
3. “I love education because democracies are built on it. Education serves as a foundation to build deeper understanding about ourselves and our universe with the hope that our local, regional, and global societies can improve, explore, and thrive.” – Dr. Doug Lombardi, Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education
4. “There is a lot to love about being in education, but what I love the most is how unique of a profession teaching is. Being a teacher gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact on young peoples' lives and a lasting impact on their future. There are not many jobs that are as rewarding and fulfilling as being a teacher.” – Anastasia L., Secondary Education
5. "I love being in education because it has shown me that doing what I love can be rewarding beyond compare--for not only me, but also the students. Using the tools we have learned and relying on our own ability to connect with them, our students can be inspired to succeed inside and outside of the classroom, which makes me extremely excited to start my journey as an educator!" – MacKenzie C., Early Childhood Education
6. “I love being in education because my students make me grow, which can never be achieved without working together!” – Dr. Insook Han, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning 
7. “I love helping students remember that learning is the goal of education. That no matter who you are, where you are from, what you already know, and where you plan to go, if you focus your effort on learning throughout life, all other goals will be met along the way.” – Dr. Shanta Hattikudur, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
8. “To me education is one of the most important things in life, it is where you learn, grow, and find yourself. Each and every day is rewarding when you know you are a part of each child's journey to success and I cannot wait to have a classroom of my own to inspire.” – Juliette R., Early Childhood Education.
9. “I chose education because I believe in the transformational power of accurate content, positive environment and passionate and committed instructors and facilitators. I love being in education because I see individuals transform and move from a place of uncertainty to a place of certainty – not necessarily about answers, but about knowing that they have the tools and skills to make the best decisions. I see them being change agents in society and their passion brings that to life.” ​– Quaiser Abdulla, Instructor in Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies
10. “Education is one of the most powerful equalizers between the advantaged and the disenfranchised. It’s also the only institution that demands the participation of nearly every member of US society, and this suggests a universe of possibilities.” Jenny N., Urban Education
11. “The thing that I love most about being in education is working with the children. We as teachers are those special people that can have an impact on students' lives in ways that parents and other adults can't.” – Eric T., Educational Leadership
- Jane Clauss & Jim Dietz