Mrs. Peer was my fifth grade teacher in a very small public school in northern New Hampshire. Everyone knew everyone else, and my grade was infamously well known.
Mrs. Peer treated us with respect. She challenged us. She pushed us to be better students. Most importantly, she read aloud to us.
One of the books she read aloud, Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian, is the first chapter book I remember re-reading over and over again. I had struggled with reading as a young child, and Mrs. Peer helped me learn to love stories. I read more, and my reading improved.