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Distinguished Teacher Mary Richards

  • Dutcher Middle School
  • Turlock Unified School District
  • 7- 8th: Learning Handicapped/English Language Arts
  • Special Education


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

Take the time to build positive relationships with their students and families. When your students know that you truly care about and believe in them, they will take academic challenges in stride, experience success, and grow beyond your expectations.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The best thing about teaching is being able to put a positive stamp on the heart of so many students. It is rewarding to know that I am helping students learn academics, but I take real pleasure in teaching them how to be compassionate and driven individuals who strive to be the best person they can be.


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