Teacher teaching other teachers

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MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — Monica Genta works at Mattoon Middle School as a science teacher.

This year she won’t be headed back to the classroom. She’s going to travel the country motivating teachers to be the best they can be.

Monica Genta is spending her summer a little differently than most teachers.

“For the next 365 days, I will actually be going all over the united states, leading workshops, seminars, speaking and keynoting at conferences, working with teachers from all over the place.”

She’s been a science teacher at Mattoon Middle school for ten years. But this year she’s taken on a new venture.

She’s getting used to jetting her way all over the country and living out of a suitcase. 

“So far I have done a few conference in Illinois, I have been in Indiana, Florida for a week, and hitting the road later this week actually to head to Las Vegas for a national conference 

Genta says it started with publishing a book. Then things took a step further.

“If I can come in and inspire, motivation and give some ideas to help engage their kids in their classroom. That’s what teachers need. Inspiration is all around Genta’s home.”

“She says she just wants to share her positivity with those around her. Right now I think it’s a pivotal time to get teachers celebrating education again.” 

She sticks with three simple words to get her message across. Purpose, positivity, and passion. And she hopes her efforts are paying off.

“It’s also going to be amazing when i get back to the classroom the following year. I am going to have learned from thousands of educators from all across the country and i can take some of there ideas and use them with my students.”

For more information about Genta and her presentations and programs click here.

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