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ES-M teacher shares first-day fears, goals for year

VanBeveren, who student-taught 11th graders at Liverpool High School while attending Le Moyne College, said one of her biggest assets as a teacher is life experience, being an older graduate. Compared to a teacher straight out of college, VanBeveren said she is more apt to pick up on kids' tactics such as texting.

As for chief qualities a successful teacher must possess, VanBeveren emphasized two: to collaborate with colleagues and to be approachable to students.

With her first week of school behind her -- and not a single catastrophe to report -- VanBeveren can safely catch a good night's sleep again. She's earned it.

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