Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. In this personal TedTalk, Rita discusses the ins-and-outs of the classroom and highlights the passion and impact teachers can have on our future leaders for tomorrow.
Michael G. Sheppard
Michael Sheppard is the General Counsel attorney for the Professional Educators Foundation in Brentwood, Tennessee. With over thirty years of professional and legal experience, his objective in every case is to serve as a medium in providing his clients with the best representation. Currently, as an educational lawyer, Michael sees himself as a soldier in the fight for education equity. No matter what the case, no matter what the situation, Michael believes in providing teachers the necessary aid and support in ensuring the best education for our youth’s future.