Every February 14, millions of couples gush about why they love each other. Since this is the season for proclaiming passions, we asked six educators a simple question: “What do you love about teaching?” Here’s what they said.

Sonja Parks: Watching learning in action

The best teachers are also great listeners. I love being an educator because I have been able to not only watch students in my district learn, but also help my teachers improve their skills and become facilitators—not lecturers. This year we implemented Lightspeed's Activate System, which has strengthened the connection between teachers and students and has empowered...

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  • About the Author:

    Sonja Parks, Ed.D., is the assistant superintendent of Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina.

    Camille Cavazos teaches 4th grade at Long Elementary in Harlingen, Texas.

    Raven Ham is the K-12 dyslexia specialist and RTI coordinator for Marion School District in Arkansas.

    Timothy Fung is an instructional technology resource teacher at Gordon J. Lau Elementary in San Francisco, Calif.

    Caroline Messenger is the director of curriculum at Naugatuck Public Schools in Connecticut. The district uses Defined STEM supplementary curriculum to support its project- and mastery-based learning initiative.

    Bryan Flaig is the math and science professional development teacher for the Redwood City School District in Redwood City, Calif., where students learn about coding and robotics using KIBO from KinderLab Robotics.