Understand: Kelly R. - Grade 4 Teacher

Kelly Ransier - Teacher (Columbia, MD)

What's a quote that inspires you?: 

"Tell me and I'll forget. Teach me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll learn."

In 5 sentences or less, what do you do in your current job?: 

As a grade 4 teacher in Silver Spring, MD, I plan and teach engaging lessons to a group of culturally diverse students. I inspire my students to love learning by creating learning experiences that meet the needs and interests of every student in my class. My students continue to inspire me to continue my teaching passion as they surprise and astound me with their level of thinking and engagement each and every day. Being a teacher, I have been given the gift to positively impact the lives of our children.

What's a common misconception or myth about what you do?:

People often believe that teachers have summers off. This is technically true, however, many teachers are taking courses, tutoring or working on professional development tasks during the summer months, including not getting paid.

What's your favorite part of your job?:

I love the smiles I see on my student's faces when they make a connection to learning and I can see the excitement they have towards learning and school.

What's your least favorite part of your job?:

My least favorite part of my job is bringing home work to grade, lessons to prepare, among other things practically every night of the week. My job does not end at 4:00. There is just not enough time in the day.

What's one thing you would say to someone looking to take the same career path as you?:

It's not going to be easy but it will be very worth it!

What's your definition of success?: 

Accomplishing a short or long-term goal and feeling satisfied and excited about your accomplishment.

If someone wanted to get in contact with you, what's the best way to do so?: 


Kyle Ducharme

I'm passionate about making a difference in the lives of those around me regardless of where I am in the world. Whether I am on the busy streets of Boston, building homes in Central Appalachia, or harvesting coffee abroad, I'm always looking for innovative ways to improve our lives and connect with those around us.