I love my job because ...
Lori Jungers, 54, is a music and drama teacher in her 16th year at St. Mary's Episcopal Day School.
Autonomy is one of the buzzwords at St. Mary's. Jungers relishes the freedom to create her own music curriculum. She encourages students to compose their own music, unburdened with having to follow a specific textbook series.
"When I came here to interview, the middle school director … told me, 'This is a place where you can truly teach.' At the time I didn't necessarily recognize what it meant but that has probably turned out to be some of the truest words I've ever heard."
"It's just a magical place. I'm not going to say we never have stress, but it's a situation where you love coming to work. The teachers are supportive, the parents are supportive, the kids are wonderful. Everyone really cares about each other."
Ian Edwards, 24, is physical education teacher and afternoon prekindergarten helper in his second year at St. Mary's Episcopal Day School.
A 2001 graduate of St. Mary's, Edwards was drawn back to his alma mater after graduating from the University of Florida. After previously working with high schoolers, he was surprised how much he enjoys the change.
"Working with the younger-age groups … is not what I originally foresaw. It's been pretty life-changing and pretty awesome. It's hard work, but fun, and the kids are amazing. You can learn a lot from kids who are 4 or 5."