Mrs. Starr was my second grade teacher and she introduced me to the idea that we could learn and experience freedom in her classroom. I felt so grown up as I got to stretch my decision-making skills that year. I remember her classroom as a flexible and creative space where I learned new skills, explored concepts, and formed lasting relationships. I never doubted that she cared about me, and I believed that my successes brought her joy.
By Beth Campbell
By Patti Bohlman
Mr. Dauplaise was my speech pathologist for 3 years. I am a person who stutters. He helped me with my stuttering. But he also gave me hope of becoming more-of going to college. In fact he told me that some of the starting people in the field of speech pathology were people who stuttered. I [...]
By Rebecca Long
I had a teacher who worked part-time as a college professor at night and a full-time meter reader during the day.
By Lanie Sussman
I had the best chemistry teacher in high school. His name was Joseph Castka. He was about 5 feet tall…maybe a little taller but not much. He made chemistry come alive. When he was teaching us how to balance equations, he would bounce from one side of the room to the other, making sure we [...]
By Kimberly Yonke
I was blessed to have many fabulous teachers throughout my educational journey. The one that always stands out the most to me is Mr. Rusk. Ever since I was little, I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher. He didn’t help me make a decision about my profession, but he helped me decide what kind of teacher I wanted to become.
By Mary Jane Coward
The teacher who forever changed my life was my Mom.
By Julia Armstrong
Mrs. Krieman was the type of teacher who took all students under her wing to encourage a love of music in their lives. She was my middle school choir teacher and my life was changed because she was in my life!
She truly encouraged her students to appreciate all sorts of music and be risk takers by taking solos and ensemble numbers instead of just staying in the chorus. I was a shy sixth grader who she helped to blossom during my difficult middle school years. I will never forget the concerts, talents shows, and winning the 8th grade Chorus Award from the Rotary Club.
By Lisa McCorquodale
Mrs. Rogers taught me how to read. She taught me a love of school and learning. I loved going to her class, because she was part like a grandmother, and part like a friend. She was nurturing and caring, friendly and fun, but also made sure we took care of business. I know that the first years of my education helped shape the person I was to become… a teacher.
By Dianne Brewer
A great teacher does more than just teach. My high school band director was more than a teacher to me. Mr. William McEwan taught me to respect authority figures.
Growing up, my home life was not the easiest to deal with. Mr. McEwan showed me that there ARE adults in the world who are good and trustworthy. Trust did not come easy for me. He taught me through example. He never expected less of me than he expected of himself and everyone around him. He taught me to have self respect. He never allowed me to feel sorry for myself. He was always available when I needed reassurance or advice. He also taught me that ultimately, I am responsible for myself, regardless of my circumstances.
By Elizabeth Tate Bowden
My inspiration came from a high school teacher named Mr. Krauthamer. I was in his class for 10th-grade world history. I really enjoyed his sense of humor and he often had to tell me to let others participate. (I loved his praise when I participated; I didn’t do it often in other classes.)
In the spring of my 11th-grade year, Kraut (as we all called him) came to me and said, ”I want you to take my AP macroeconomics class next fall. We’ll have a lot of fun.” I was a little taken aback and told him so. He reassured me that I didn’t have to take the AP exam and that the material really wasn’t that hard.
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