Recently, in her emboldened speech to the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai passionately proclaimed, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Selflessly, Yousafzai has pressed educational inequalities to the global forefront, braving threats and defying death to bring her message to the world. Yet, here in America, education and teachers are often portrayed in less than flattering light. Here, the concentration is often on what schools are doing wrong, rather than on what committed teachers are doing right.
One such teacher is Autumn Dalton, a seven year veteran of Stafford Senior High School’s English department. Vivacious and vibrant as her fuscia tipped curls, Dalton says her choice of career was never a question. “I’ve always liked knowing things and teaching people, and I have definitely always admired teachers. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since kindergarten. I went to a very poor elementary school, but there were some extremely dedicated women working there who were very good at what they did. ”