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The Words That Define Our Teachers (According to 4,500 of Them!)

When we wanted to figure out what characteristics best describe the teachers who use our site, we went straight to the source.

In our teacher newsletter, we included a one-question survey: What are three words you would use to describe yourself as a DonorsChoose.org teacher? An overwhelming number of insightful responses (from 4,574 educators!) came in, and below is a look at how they add up. (Note: The size of each word is proportional to the number of times it was suggested.) Take a look:

Creative Dedicated Caring Passionate Innovative Motivated Determined

Agree? Disagree? Have a great word to add? Discuss below in comments!

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UPDATE, 11/23/15: Your wish is our command! The top 10 responses had the most mentions by far. They were:

  1. Creative
  2. Dedicated
  3. Passionate
  4. Caring
  5. Grateful
  6. Innovative
  7. Excited
  8. Motivated
  9. Resourceful
  10. Determined

The rest of the top 100 or so, in alphabetical order:

Adaptable, Adventurous, Advocate, Amazed, Ambitious, Appreciative, Awesome, Blessed, Busy, Collaborative, Committed, Compassionate, Concerned, Curious, Cutting-edge, Devoted, Different, Driven, Eager, Effecting, Empathetic, Empowered, Encouraging, Energetic, Energized, Engaged, Engaging, Enthusiastic, Exciting, Experienced, Flexible, Focused, Fortunate, Forward-thinking, Friendly, Frustrated, Fun, Funny, Generous, Giving, Growing, Happy, Hard-working, Helpful, Honest, Hopeful, Humble, Humbled, Imaginative, Inspired, Inspiring, Inventive, Invested, Invigorated, Involved, Kind, Leader, Learner, Learning, Loved, Loving, Loyal, Lucky, New, Nurturing, Open, Optimistic, Organized, Overwhelmed, Patient, Persistent, Positive, Prepared, Proactive, Professional, Reflective, Resilient, Respectful, Risk-taker, Student-centered, Successful, Supported, Supportive, Technological, Tenacious, Thankful, Thoughtful, Trustworthy, Understanding, Working

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