Children who didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer made me a teacher

Sheilamary Koch
6 min readMay 23, 2021

Many teachers feel a deep calling from within, knowing that they were born to be in front of a class. My case was different.

When my future students found me in the town square in Sayulita, Mexico I must have looked out of place among the artisans selling handmade macramé and silver jewelry, pipes, and tie-dyed beach wear. There I sat next to my blanket covered with small colorfully-glazed ceramic animals I’d made before moving to their small town.

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Sheilamary Koch

Artist-educator passionate about equity, gender, conservation, creativity, mindfulness and breaking barriers for under-represented groups-especially girls!