My students are amazing. The concepts they come up with and discussions we have are priceless. Seeing growth is pretty incredible. It’s like planting a flower seed and watching it bloom.
Hannah Lucien, '13 BSED
6th grade English language arts and social studies teacher, Rymfire Elementary School in Flagler/Palm Coast
Following in the footsteps of her family’s devotion to education and public service, Hannah Lucien came to teaching naturally.
“My family is what they are today because of education,” says Hannah, whose family has deep roots in Haiti. “My father was the first out of nine children to come to the United States on scholarship and earn a college education. Today my family has several schools and churches throughout Northern Haiti – and they are the hardest working people I have ever known.
“How could I not want to be like them?” she adds, smiling. But the positive influence on her life of so many teachers, coaches and professors really made the difference in choosing a career in education, says Hannah.
As a dedicated teacher, she wants to believe in her students like her mentors believed in her. She plans to continue to rise to their expectations, both in her daily class work and goals for the future. “I definitely want to obtain my master’s degree, be a positive role model for my students and be the teacher they will always remember. We all have one teacher that we can never forget.” But it goes both ways, she believes, noting how her classes energize her.
“My students are amazing. The concepts they come up with and discussions we have are priceless. Seeing growth is pretty incredible. It’s like planting a flower seed and watching it bloom.”
Hannah, herself, bloomed at DSC, having chosen the College of Education for its faculty, observing their passion and dedication. “They absolutely put it all together for me – my dream of becoming a teacher came to be a reality. The program gave me a grounding and a focus on the day-to-day organization to do the job well. I absolutely love all of my professors; they truly want the best for their students. They are my best college memory.”
Realizing the need for more quality teachers, Hannah advises anyone with compassion and a love of children should consider the profession. “Do it! But only become a teacher for the RIGHT reasons. If you love kids, value education and are compassionate, then you can do it and you’ll be great. Be flexible, set high expectations and give your students your very best each and every day.”