Photo of Roger L. DutcherI teach because I love the challenge. Teaching is paradoxical. We strive for perfection even though, deep down, we know we will never achieve it. Yet it is that striving — that journey toward perfection — that makes teaching exciting. Along the way, I cherish every success. At a particularly challenging time, one of my students from years earlier met me in the hallway and thanked me for helping him be successful. That propelled me onward. I had a renewed desire to help others, even if I wondered exactly how I would meet some of the biggest challenges. I also want my students to want that same challenge. I relish seeing smiles on their faces when they have a sense of personal accomplishment, and I realize every student can experience that.

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