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Stories and insights on excellent education.

Get off to a great start this school year by following the advice of our most successful teachers. We surveyed the 85 Success Academy educators who won the 2016 Excellence Award to find out what advice they wish someone had given them when they started teaching. Got other tips for teachers? Post your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Find Joy Every Day

    Alison Hanson, SA Bronx 1 Middle School

    Other than being parents, we have one of the most important jobs in this world. This career is not supposed to be easy. It's supposed to push you to your limits intellectually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. If it's easy, you're not doing it right. Have faith in yourself, find your voice and style in the classroom, stay authentic, ask for help, be humble, admit when you don't know something, and have fun. It will eat you alive if you can't find joy in every single day.

  • Take Time for Yourself

    Kerrie Riley, SA Bronx 1

    When I was a student teacher, my mentor teacher passed along some advice that has stuck throughout the years: You're the queen of your classroom. If you're not happy, no one's happy. Take time for yourself so when you come in each morning, you are at peace and ready to take on the day.

  • Celebrate Small Wins

    Emily Weiswasser, SA Bushwick

    Make yourself think of at least one notable thing that happened each day. This job will have lots of challenges and tough days, but the little wins are what make it worthwhile and keep you going — don't let those wins go unrecognized!

  • Get to Know Families

    Kathryn Stanley, SA Upper West

    Make strong connections with families. They will be your best partners.

  • Put Kids First

    Molly DiPeri, SA Hell’s Kitchen

    There will be days that are more challenging than others, but you need to remember why you chose this career and remember that these children depend on us. Thinking about the kids and their achievements always helps me, even on the toughest days.

  • Never Stop Learning

    Brandon Gobourne, SA Harlem 1

    To be good at teaching takes time, failure, and reflection. There is no such thing as a teacher who stops learning how to teach.

  • Appreciate Others

    Allysa Axelband SA Bronx 3 Lower

    Laugh every day; kids are hilarious. Get to know and love your colleagues, and think of them as your new intellectual domestic partners. Learn to love feedback — someone is taking the time to make you better! Remember why you became a teacher on those cold winter mornings! And buy some comfortable shoes. Enjoy the journey.

  • Planning is Everything

    Caitlin Rogers, SA Upper West

    If you're not over-prepared, you're not prepared.

  • Give Each Child Individual Attention

    Chelsea Eisner, SA Bed Stuy 2

    This is the most rewarding job you will ever have in your life! The impact that you are making on the scholars and their families is immeasurable. Although at times the job may seem tough, giving each child the attention he or she deserves will provide a benefit for years to come.

  • Embrace the Challenge

    Aisatou Toure, SA Bronx 3 Lower

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This step is the hardest but the most rewarding. Be prepared for uncomfortable situations and remain optimistic that you will overcome them.

  • Be Intentional

    Gary Waiyaki, SA Upper West

    Always have an idea of what you want your class to look like and sound like.

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  • Stay in Touch!


    Prospective Parents: If your child will be entering Kindergarten through 4th grade for the 2018-19 school year, please register below to receive more information regarding your neighborhood Success Academies.

  • Register


    Prospective Parents: Register below to be notified when the application for the 2017-18 school year becomes available and to receive more information about Success Academy Charter Schools.