Podcast: Rick Joseph, 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year

Leading from the Classroom: Insights from the 2016 Teachers of the Year

In this episode, Rick Joseph, a fifth and sixth grade National Board Certified teacher at Covington School in Birmingham, Michigan, tells us what it means to be an advocate.

Here’s Rick.

Find your issue. Find your community. If it doesn’t exist, create it. Get to work. Always remember that your voice matters. You are worthy. Your passion will guide you. You are doing this for people who are vulnerable – your students. What could be more important?

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