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Social Media Campaign Inspires Port Chester Public School Teachers

Port Chester's JFK teacher Jamie Rubino shows her #whyiteach speech bubble at Tuesday’s event.
Port Chester's JFK teacher Jamie Rubino shows her #whyiteach speech bubble at Tuesday’s event. Photo Credit: Provided
JFK Magnet School's bulletin board in Port Chester displays teachers’ #whyiteach bubbles.
JFK Magnet School's bulletin board in Port Chester displays teachers’ #whyiteach bubbles. Photo Credit: Provided

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A social media campaign, #whyiteach, has inspired the teachers at the John F. Kennedy Magnet School to share with their colleagues and students what inspires them about teaching.

Led by JFK School Principal Judy Diaz, the teachers have embarked on a new initiative. The result? Why I Teach “speech bubbles” are on view in each of the school’s three buildings and shared on Twitter and other social media.

On Monday, Karen Magee of West Harrison, a former Harrison school teacher and president of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), spent the day at JFK. Her visit was prompted by a school-wide professional development activity centered around the #whyiteach campaign. Drawn to JFK by the teachers’ posts, Magee toured all three JFK buildings, creating her own #whyiteach speaking bubbles at each site.

The #whyiteach movement was initiated by Teacher2Teacher whose social media campaign includes a heart-warming short video that features educators from across the country, including Ann Rose Santoro, staff developer for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District.

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