Friday, May 6, 2011


Colorful Pencils by Petr Kratochvil 

Why is it that some kids can grow up in dysfunctional homes (although scarred) and still succeed?

What does research show is the most important trigger in the life of a child that will help them flourish?

The most hopeful, optimistic, successful, and resilient children experienced the presence of at least one person early in their life who believed in them.

For many people, that special adult was a family member. But, for many others, that adult was a teacher.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week across America. Teachers have the incredible opportunity of truly transforming lives. The best teachers challenge us to become more than we ever thought possible.

I’m certain that you had a teacher that affected you in a special and unique way.

For me, that teacher was one of my high school English teachers. Her name was Ms. Johns. When I think back to Ms. Johns, I can’t recall the prelude to the Canterbury Tales that we had to memorize or remember much about diagramming sentences. But, what I do remember is that Ms. Johns cared about me as a person. She listened to me, supported me, and made me feel like I could accomplish anything.

How about you? As a tribute to a teacher who made a difference in your life, leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite teacher in a couple of sentences.


Amichai said...
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Amichai said...

Mr. Muir, my high school English teacher and wrestling coach, instilled in me a love of literature and coached me through a difficult chapter in my life. Above all, he was the most sincere human being I ever met and an incredible role model to me and thousands of students who have adored him over the years.

Jason said...

Thank you for the comment. We are so fortunate to have special teachers in our lives.