Gradebook podcast: Why is Holly Mickler teacher of the year in Pasco? Just listen.

One key to reaching students, Mickler says, is to show them you love them.
Pasco County 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Holly Mickler. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Pasco County 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Holly Mickler. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published December 13 2018
Updated December 13 2018

The teaching profession has taken its hits lately, in Florida and across the nation, with morale sagging as lawmakers impose rules that many educators say make the job more of a chore than a craft.

Many are heading for the exits, seeking employment where they feel more valued and respected. Yet many more can't see themselves doing anything other than helping prepare children for the world.

Count Holly Mickler among them.

Mickler, Pasco County's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, says she often ignores the din of politics and policy so she can focus on her life's calling. It's not always easy, but to her, it's worth it.

Hear Mickler talk with reporter Jeff Solochek about how and why she has become, and remains, a successful classroom teacher.

Related coverage: Pasco Middle AVID teacher named Pasco County's Teacher of the Year 

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