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Everyone has had one teacher whom they look up to the most. For me, that teacher was my junior high math teacher, Erin Oban.

Oban is genuine, hard-working and kind. These three characteristics are just a few of the many that she demonstrated to her students every single day that I was in her classroom. Oban always made the classroom welcoming and the curriculum exciting (which, let’s be honest, can’t be easy to do with math all the time). She treated all her students equally and with respect and encouraged us to work together and help others if we could.

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I think one of her most admirable qualities is her authentic support. I never felt uncomfortable asking a question or embarrassed to speak up, because she always made me feel like my contribution to the class was important and appreciated. Most importantly, Oban took the time to listen to me whenever I wanted to be heard. She would come early to answer questions and stay late for those who needed help. She truly wanted all of her students to succeed, not just at school but also in life.

Oban went above and beyond for her students and she will go above and beyond for the people of North Dakota. So, as two of my past teachers vie for the Senate spot in District 35, my vote would be for Erin Oban.

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