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Jamaal L. Stiles

Jamaal L. Stiles, Washington County

Where do you teach? Washington County High School

What subject(s)/grade(s) do you teach? Biology/Medical Science/Forensic Science

How many years have you taught? 13

Why did you become a teacher? The choice to become a teacher wasn’t a hard decision for me. I always knew that I was called to be a teacher. From the beginning of my career, I could feel the impact I was making on future generations. That has fueled me to be the best teacher for my students, and to be the teacher that I needed when I was in high school.

What has been the best part of teaching that you didn’t expect when entering the profession? I have had many great experiences throughout my career. However, one of the best things about teaching thus far has been all of the amazing students I’ve taught over the years. Many of them are adults with careers and children. I love seeing them and hearing about the amazing things they are doing. My students have been one of my greatest blessings.

What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about what you do? I wish people who are not in the field of education knew how invested we are in kids. We oftentimes spend more time with our students than we do our own families. We do what we do because we love our students.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a teacher? My greatest accomplishment thus far in my career has been seeing former students go into their chosen careers and be successful. I know I’m a tiny part of their journey, but it’s very rewarding seeing individuals reach their goals.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t teaching? When I’m not teaching, I love to travel and explore. Kayaking, snorkeling, and laying on the beach are all some of my favorite things. I also love playing the piano and making music.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? My superpower would be teleportation. I love the idea of being able to hop from place to place very quickly.