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my class photo Rick Betz holds a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing/Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Education. He joined the Novato Charter School (NCS) in 2002.

In his words:

I love children. I love to see their faces light up when they learn something new, or when they have mastered a skill. I love being surprised by their take on the world, by the thoughts and ideas they bring to the class. I love to see their willingness to work together, to sweat together, laugh and play together. In them I see the hope for the future.

From my experience, teaching requires a delicate hand and an intuitive eye. While programs, planning and research play a large part in any classroom, the need for spontaneity and flexibility in thinking should not be overlooked. What I love about NCS is the deep commitment to place children first. If a plan needs to be altered to fit a class better, or if an entire program needs to be overhauled to better meet the needs of the children, NCS has proved to be fearless in championing her teachers to respond to these needs.

NCS allows for the art of teaching to not only exist, but to flourish.

That is what I love about this school.

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