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Teaching as a Lifelong Dream

Every day fourth grade teacher Jared “Mr. Mac” McFee gets to live out his lifelong dream by being in the classroom.

Not only is this Jared's first year teaching at Cincinnati Country Day School, but it is also his first year teaching. He comes from a marketing and fundraising background but has always wanted to teach.

"Teaching has always been a lifelong dream of mine,” explained McFee. “I've always wanted to teach, to have a direct positive impact on the lives of others.”

From the moment he walked into Country Day, he felt at home.

"I left my interview knowing I wanted the job,” said McFee. “When I think about the Country Day faculty and staff, the Maya Angelou quote, 'At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel' comes to my mind.”

It is evident by stepping into his classroom that Jared cares about each one of his students.

“He seems so comfortable and excited with his transition to the classroom,” said friend and eighth grade science teacher Nate Johnston. “It’s fun to see and hear about the great things he’s doing in his classroom.”

One of the fourth graders in his class told his parents, "Mr. McFee brings lots of books that have people in them that look like me. I like him. He is a great teacher. He pushes me because he wants me to be great!"

The diversity of books in his classroom library is very much intentional.

"I spend a lot of time trying to find books and curriculum that represent all children, all gender, all races, and all religions,” said McFee. “Even if they aren't represented in my classroom, I want diversity represented in the learning. It matters. It's something I think about a lot. I want students to be able to find themselves in my classroom.”

His goal every day is to inspire and engage his students. "My win on any day is that the kids are engaged in what we're learning and that they feel challenged. If you don't feel challenged, you're not learning.”

Country Day's character virtues are his favorite thing to teach in the classroom.

"The character virtues are fundamental here. They aren't just words. People are living and breathing the character virtues. We are trying to make the world a better place.”