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.
Mr. McEwan helped me become the successful teacher I am today. I use the lessons he taught me every day. I strive to be the influence and inspiration for my students that he was for me. I am so thankful for his influence in my life.
Submitted by Dianne Brewer, Mr. McEwan’s student at Coffeeville High School from 1982 to 1988.