1. Well said, especially that “a ton of them … are the people that inspired me to become a teacher, and still inspire me today.” As educators, we also must remember that we may touch the lives of even our most difficult, resistant students. Thank you for an excellent post and sentiment.

  2. George, I am so glad you wrote this. I think it especially important as you are writing this as a principal, so you must really encourage your out of the box teachers and thinkers and that is a wonderful thing to find. I was recently asked if I felt a teacher needed to be connected in order to be a great teacher. I stated “No”, as long as they connect with their students. As one of those teachers who loves a challenge and to break down barriers. Thank you for reminding me why I do it. I hope someday someone will say I made that difference. I think all good teachers do. Thanks again for the great post!

  3. Great post. For so many of us there has been that one or few teachers that changed our stubborn attitudes towards our own education. 7th grade was a pivotal year for me. I barely passed 6th and was placed in a remedial reading class (Romper Room as we kids called it) and not allowed to take a language. Mrs. William gave us a better suited aptitude test for challenged readers. When the results showed that I was reading on an 10th grade level, she put her hands on her hips and said “Your out of here, you don’t belong here! Your just lazy and stubborn. You are going to Spanish and moving to a higher English class.” I was a bit shocked since she said it infront of the entire class, however I completely understood her attitude towards me. I was one of the luckier ones in that class because all I needed was to apply some elbow grease. I still think of that moment at times when I need to quit my winning and I need to buck up.

  4. I love this post! Thank you!! I struggle with this all of the time because there seems to be quite a bit of polarity in the teaching world (and just about every other profession). Great teachers are just that, GREAT! And deserve much more than they get, while the terrible teachers have no purpose in education.

    I remember walking across the stage of my high school graduation and looking out into the audience to see my grade 6 teacher waving, with tears in her eyes. I saw her again at my younger sister’s graduation two years later, and both of my younger brothers four and six years later.

    It’s amazing the amount of time (and love) that great teachers put in, even with little punks (like I was).

    “sorry” and “thank you” indeed. 🙂

    • Dan Kenley

      Thank you, George and Ryan…it was my 6th grade teacher who put me on the path to becoming a teacher and to giving back. She was the first to note that I couldn’t read, and put in the extra hours after school to ensure that I could when I left her class. She clearly believed in herself and me. I am eternally grateful for attention, time, and love she bestowed upon.

      And, to those who came before her, “sorry!”

  5. twitter_ChristinaMLuce

    Truth. Great teachers leave a lasting impression. So inspired by Monsieur Dixon in elementary school, he was the teacher everyone loved, and now I have the amazing opportunity of collaborating with him. #awesome

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