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The Teacher You Wish You'd Had

Kathy Clunis D'Andrea's "Love, Limits, Laughter" approach to building relationships with students.

By Sam Chaltain

Sam Chaltain is a veteran educator and two-time father who writes about how people learn at

October 8, 2012

There's a lot of talk nationally about the importance of teachers, and the need to identify what great teaching actually looks like -- and requires.

Our search should start and end with people like Kathy Clunis D'Andrea.

A veteran educator at the Mission Hill School in Boston, Kathy epitomizes everything that's good about the profession -- and everything the rest of us need to pay closer attention to if we want to support a better, more holistic vision of American public education.

It starts with her three-part recipe for success: Love, Limits & Laughter. It succeeds because of her recognition that what matters most is equipping young people with an essential set of skills and habits that will guide them through life. And it endures because of her school's commitment to create an environment that is consistent across classrooms, and grounded in shared values of trust, equity, and empathy.

See for yourself. And spread the word.