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The Words That Define Our Teachers (According to 4,500 of Them!)

What are three words that describe DonorsChoose teachers? We went straight to the source — 4,574 DonorsChoose teachers — to get the answer!


When we wanted to figure out what characteristics best describe the teachers who use our site, we went straight to the source. In our teacher newsletter, we included a one-question survey: What are three words you would use to describe yourself as a DonorsChoose teacher? An overwhelming number of insightful responses (from 4,574 educators!) came in, and below is a look at how they add up. (Note: The size of each word is proportional to the number of times it was suggested.) Take a look:

A word cloud of all the words that DonorsChoose teachers use to describe themselves in order of of times they were mentioned in a survey. The words Dedicated, Creative, Passionate, Grateful, Hardworking, Innovative, Motivate, and Caring are the biggest. All the words in alphabetical order are: Adaptable, Adventurous, Advocate, Amazed, Ambitious, Appreciative, Awesome, Blessed, Busy, Collaborative, Committed, Compassionate, Concerned, Curious, Cutting-edge, Devoted, Different, Driven, Eager, Effecting, Empathetic, Empowered, Encouraging, Energetic, Energized, Engaged, Engaging, Enthusiastic, Exciting, Experienced, Flexible, Focused, Fortunate, Forward-thinking, Friendly, Frustrated, Fun, Funny, Generous, Giving, Growing, Happy, Hard-working, Helpful, Honest, Hopeful, Humble, Humbled, Imaginative, Inspired, Inspiring, Inventive, Invested, Invigorated, Involved, Kind, Leader, Learner, Learning, Loved, Loving, Loyal, Lucky, New, Nurturing, Open, Optimistic, Organized, Overwhelmed, Patient, Persistent, Positive, Prepared, Proactive, Professional, Reflective, Resilient, Respectful, Risk-taker, Student-centered, Successful, Supported, Supportive, Technological, Tenacious, Thankful, Thoughtful, Trustworthy, Understanding, Working

Agree? Disagree? Have a great word to add? Teachers, need school supplies for your classroom? Plenty of websites let you raise money from your own social network. DonorsChoose gives you much more. We’re the one place where you can reliably get funding from people you’ve never met and foundations that love to support teachers. In fact, 75% of classroom funding comes from the DonorsChoose community of generous people and partners.

The top 10 responses had the most mentions by far. They were:

  1. Creative
  2. Dedicated
  3. Passionate
  4. Caring
  5. Grateful
  6. Innovative
  7. Excited
  8. Motivated
  9. Resourceful
  10. Determined

The rest of the top 100 or so, in alphabetical order:

  • Adaptable 
  • Adventurous 
  • Advocate 
  • Amazed 
  • Ambitious 
  • Appreciative 
  • Awesome 
  • Blessed 
  • Busy 
  • Collaborative 
  • Committed 
  • Compassionate 
  • Concerned 
  • Curious 
  • Cutting-edge 
  • Devoted 
  • Different 
  • Driven 
  • Eager 
  • Effecting 
  • Empathetic 
  • Empowered 
  • Encouraging 
  • Energetic 
  • Energized 
  • Engaged 
  • Engaging 
  • Enthusiastic 
  • Exciting 
  • Experienced 
  • Flexible 
  • Focused 
  • Fortunate 
  • Forward-thinking 
  • Friendly 
  • Frustrated 
  • Fun Funny 
  • Generous 
  • Giving 
  • Growing 
  • Happy 
  • Hard-working 
  • Helpful 
  • Honest 
  • Hopeful 
  • Humble 
  • Humbled 
  • Imaginative 
  • Inspired 
  • Inspiring 
  • Inventive 
  • Invested 
  • Invigorated 
  • Involved 
  • Kind Leader 
  • Learner 
  • Learning 
  • Loved 
  • Loving 
  • Loyal 
  • Lucky 
  • New 
  • Nurturing 
  • Open 
  • Optimistic 
  • Organized 
  • Overwhelmed 
  • Patient 
  • Persistent 
  • Positive 
  • Prepared 
  • Proactive 
  • Professional 
  • Reflective 
  • Resilient 
  • Respectful 
  • Risk-taker 
  • Student-centered 
  • Successful 
  • Supported 
  • Supportive 
  • Technological 
  • Tenacious 
  • Thankful 
  • Thoughtful 
  • Trustworthy 
  • Understanding 
  • Working

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