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Why teach? Educators today are under more pressure than ever before. Standards are changing, schools are growing, and the pay isn’t getting any better. Even so, talented and passionate individuals are still pursuing the profession, and veteran educators continue their work despite all the challenges.

The Seattle Times – Education Lab and the University of Washington College of Education will present a teacher storytelling event on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. on the UW campus.

The program will be the third storytelling event organized by Education Lab. The first two events focused on students who had overcome obstacles to get to college.

This time around, we’re looking for a handful of teachers who are willing to share five-minute personal stories about teaching on stage.

Here are some potential themes for storytellers:

  • When did you know you were a good teacher? How did you learn what good teaching means?
  • Describe a powerful moment when you realized you had gotten through to a student.
  • Did you ever think about quitting? If so, describe an experience that kept you in the classroom.

If you’re interested in participating, please call 206-464-2057 to leave a 2-minute, condensed version of your story on an automated recording. The stories with the greatest odds of being selected will describe a single anecdote that addresses one of the prompts listed above.

Along with your two-minute recording, please include your full name, phone number and email address. After you have finished your recording, visit seati.ms/teacherstorytellers to fill out a short registration form so we can learn a little bit more about you.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. If you have been selected to share your story at the event, we will notify you by Wednesday, Feb. 18.

All selected speakers must be available to attend the Feb. 25 event in Seattle. Please be aware that this is a public event that will be recorded for a general audience.

Interested in attending but not ready to share your story on stage? Go here to RSVP for the free event.

If you have any questions, please contact community engagement editor Caitlin Moran at 206-464-3226 or email cmoran@seattletimes.com.