The Power of One

When I was in the classroom my goal was to make a difference in the lives of my students. Now, that my practice spans an entire school building, I strive to make a difference in the lives of my colleagues. A difference that I am always searching for evidence to support. Two years ago, I received the greatest gift from one my colleagues: evidence that I made a difference. A poem written about me, for me. A poem that brought tears to my eyes the day I received it, and reminds me each day of the potential within each of us.

The Power of One

The voices of many remained unheard:

Students too young to ask for better.

Parents too scared to demand more.

Teachers stifled by bureaucracy to attempt more, until One grew tired of being quiet.

A personal challenge,

A voice is uncovered!

Predicting the path ahead was impossible,

Life as we knew it was over.

Every student, parent, and teacher

Changed forever.

“All students deserve quality teachers!”

A desire to empower more teachers–

Inspire educators in high-need schools,

Encourage more minority educators to take a risk.

More teachers needed to face the challenge.

“Hold your practice up to the Core Propositions, The Standards, The Rigor.”

“Would you rather be assessed as a learner or a teacher?”

A metamorphosis commenced;

One by one teachers joined in.

The Mitchell 20 (Well, let’s be honest — The Mitchell 17) became a reality!

Supportive in every way –

Facilitator, counselor, cheerleader, videographer, observer, coach

The world we live in is changed forever.

The school we teach in is transformed,

The lives of every future students has forever been improved.

The Power of One


A teacher, a student, a school, a community,

A future!

What might your Power of One poem say?


Daniela A. Robles

Daniela A. Robles

Phoenix, Arizona

I am a teacher and beginning my fourteenth year of teaching in Arizona’s public schools. The greatest lessons I learned were from teaching first grade for ten years. My inspirations stem from these past few years where my classroom has ranged from the Intervention Room to the Coaches’ Room.

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