First-year teacher aims to change lives at Amistad Elementary

First-year teacher aims to change lives at Amistad Elementary

Amistad Elementary third grade teacher Rachel Uretsky said she knew she wanted to be a teacher since age 16 and has always wanted to make a difference for Tri-Cities youth.

“We’re one of the most, if not the most powerful profession. This is the profession that teaches all other professions,” said Uretsky.

Thursday was her third day as a teacher in her own classroom. She was a student teacher at Amistad last year as a student at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

“I really emphasize that we’re a classroom family so that they know they can turn to somebody if they need help because not all these kids have that at home. So to have that here and have that every day for 180 days really makes a difference in their lives,” said Uretsky.

She said the most important message she wants to teach her class of 17 students is to be kind to one another.

“I’m here for them and they know that and that’s why I wanted to do this,” she said.

Uretsky is one of 91 new teachers in the Kennewick School District this year.

She has advice for others who want to become a teacher.

“If you want to make a difference in change peoples lives and really be that concrete foundation for maybe the next president of the United States teaching is for you,” she said.