Teacher Feature Blog Series – Polina Mann

We all remember a teacher who inspired us. An individual who has always believed in us, supported us through challenges, sparked our passion for a topic, or inspired us to keep going when we were discouraged. For me, I was fortunate enough to have many teachers who shaped my academic career and passion for education. In addition to being teachers, these individuals served as mentors, nurses, counselors, parents, friends, and ultimately, role models.

Teacher Feature, a new blog series by The School Planner Company, will highlight educators from all over the country. These teachers and education entrepreneurs make an impact in and outside of the classroom sharing valuable knowledge with students and fellow teachers through influential sites and blogs. We are excited to launch the Teacher Feature blog series and bring awareness to how much teachers do each day, the relationships they foster with their students, and ultimately, how we as a community can best support them. Look forward to new teacher features regularly!

If you know an amazing educator who you think we should feature, please let us know by emailing bmctigue@mimeo.com.

Polina Mann, The Teacher Down the Hall

Why did you become a teacher?

I decided to become a teacher because I love being creative. The constant drive to create engaging lesson plans and motivate students is what I love about my job the most.

 What inspires you as a teacher and influencer?

I would say I get the most inspiration from using books to teach musical concepts. This is what gives me ideas and allows me to create new and innovative lessons for my students.

What do you hope your students take away from your classroom?

I want all of my students to know how much I care about them and want to see them succeed.

Teachers also learn so much from their students! What is something special one of your students has taught you?

One thing I have learned from my students is to pay attention to what they are interested in so that I can tailor the lesson to what they know. It has helped make lessons much more interesting and engaging!

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new teacher?

As a new teacher, you must advocate for yourself more and not be afraid to try new things with your students. You will only grow from the experience.