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Teacher Appreciation Week: Tony Sedun

Featuring Tony Sedun, Eighth-Grade English Teacher

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Milton Hershey School interviewed several teachers, across all three scholastic division, to recognize their important role within the MHS community.

  1. What’s one thing you wish people understood about your job?

One thing I wish people understood about the job of a teacher is that it is a job where growth is always possible. This is true at every level: growth of the teacher, growth of the learner, and growth of the school community. In this way, teaching is one of the most optimistic professions out there today since opportunities for professional and personal growth abound.

  1. What are the biggest challenges and most rewarding parts of your job?

Some of the biggest challenges of teaching for me include balancing the needs of learners with the needs of the curriculum. After all, my students deserve opportunities to grow their knowledge and skills in English, writing, and speaking. On the other hand, delivering high-quality lessons day-in-and-day-out is tough. But it is always the goal. The most rewarding parts of my job include the daily discoveries we make about each other in the classroom. Every day, I am impressed by something I learn about a student or a class. For instance, recently a Q&A about a grammar topic allowed a student to share her love of dogs. Another student showed great insight about an essay we just read. These are priceless pieces of the greater picture of decency, growth, and civilization I see every day. 

  1. What made you want to become a teacher?

I wanted to become a teacher because I saw in my own life how important words, language, and expressions were. I also remember how my Korean father wanted my sister and me to get a better education and have a brighter future by entrusting us to an orphanage that primarily placed children from Korea with families in the United States. My job as a teacher helps me honor him and everyone who has helped me in my life because I can give back to others through teaching.

  1. What grade do you teach? And how many years have you been teaching?

I teach eighth-grade English at Catherine Hall. This is my 15th year of teaching.

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