District of Columbia

Mary C. Penn-Beveney
McGogney Elementary School
3400 Wheeler Road
Washington, DC 20032-4197

Special Education,

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

How do you keep yourself motivated and energized to stay in teaching?


Mary C. Penn-Beveney, 2001
State Teacher of the Year,
District of Columbia
I am a native Washingtonian and a product of the D.C. public schools. I have been teaching for 17 years. Over the years, I have been the recipient of many honors, which include the Unsung Heroes Award from Ward 7 of the City Council of the District of Columbia, two Certificates of Merit from the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Say Yes Program Outstanding Service/Commitment Award, and the McGogney Elementary School Distinguished Service Award, where I am currently teaching. My personal philosophy is "Every student, regardless of ability, background, or educational objectives, has a right to learn in an atmosphere that is free from fear and prejudice, and is thereby, conducive to learning." Teaching is giving. Teaching is sharing. It is an opportunity to grow right along with your students. Teaching is a commitment to yourself, to your students, and to your profession.  

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