“I touch the future, I teach.” – Christa McAuliffe

On January 28, I attended a special event hosted by one of Northeast Delta Dental’s favorite neighbors, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. The event was held on the thirtieth anniversary of the Challenger launch to remember Christa McAuliffe, one of New Hampshire’s most beloved teachers, and celebrate her many accomplishments.

Christa was a dreamer and she encouraged students to think outside of their comfort zone and reach for their dreams. She thought of the world as a whole and not in siloes and was a pioneer in using the community’s resources to expand the classroom. Because of this, it is fitting that the Discovery Center serves as the State of New Hampshire’s memorial to Christa McAuliffe and many schools attend the Center for field trips and extended learning opportunities which the Department of Education and Board of Education fully support and endorse.

In my high school yearbook, it said I wanted to be a teacher. Today, I am able to “teach” through mentoring my employee colleagues and celebrating their successes with them. I enjoy this as I am able to help employees follow their dreams, challenge themselves to make a positive difference, and meet their personal goals. Christa did the same with her students and we are lucky that she spent much of her tenure in New Hampshire.

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