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Distinguished Teacher Marsha Cornwell

  • WC Riles Middle School
  • Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Special Education (ASD)
  • 7-8
  • Special Education


What advice would you give to people considering a career in teaching?

If it's in your heart to teach and you have a passion to make a difference in the world, go for it! Enter the profession with a positive attitude, an open mind, and an eagerness to keep learning. Remember that each day is a new opportunity to sharpen your skills, unleash your creativity, and bring joy to the classroom. Help contribute to a school culture of respect and honor among students and colleagues by taking time to listen and support one another.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The best part of teaching is making a positive impact on each student's life. Teachers have the unique opportunity to inspire and equip students to walk into their future. An added bonus for special education teachers is getting to partner with parents to help their children succeed. Teachers get to go to work each day making a positive contribution to society.


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