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Not too long ago our son, Porter, tried out for the middle school musical with a very specific part in mind  — one that would give him lots of lines and opportunity for the spotlight. When he didn’t get what he wanted, he decided he would bow out and just not be in the musical at all. Waaaaay easier for me as a mother who drives him EVERYwhere, right?? Except I knew that wasn’t the right decision. He and I talked through everything and I reminded him, as I have over and over again, that his decisions are his. He takes full ownership of the choices he makes. So as he emailed Mrs. Easton about his decision, I cringed a little but also thought to myself . . . What a growing experience this will be. There’s something to learn from this. I don’t see her allowing Porter to back down that easily.

Then it happened. Mrs. Easton responded to Porter’s email. She was loving and understanding, but she was as firm as a new memory foam mattress. She reminded him that in a musical, we need leads but we also need ensemble parts. Singers and dancers. We need backstage crew. We need lighting techs. Everyone has a part and each part is important. And you guys. As I read her email, I was so full of love for this woman (who has become a dear friend and a part of our family’s “tribe”) who clearly cared enough about my son to TEACH him what he needed to be taught in that pivotal moment.

Porter accepted that role and performed in 3 middle school musicals. Each has been an awesome experience.

We’ve been thinking a lot about teachers, especially since this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! At least it is in the U.S. Is this celebrated similarly in other countries? Does anyone know? Anyway — we want to honor teachers! I’ve shared one example of a teacher I adore, and each person on our team is also sharing how a teacher has inspired them personally or an experience they’ve had as a teacher or in Race’s case, it was actually a fellow student who became one of the greatest teachers in his life through his example and friendship.

We’d love to hear YOUR experiences, too! Please share your own teacher-related story in the comments. And if you do, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a prize for you AND for a favorite teacher!


Race

I started high school with braces, glasses, and at about 6 inches shorter than the average 9th grader. That’s normal. What made it tough was that we moved from Germany to Arizona about a month before school started, and I knew exactly no one. Just a couple weeks into what could have been a nightmare high school career, one of the “cool” kids named Matt turned to me in class and just started including me in his group of friends. Completely out of the blue. It wasn’t a one-day charity project either. Matt and his friends became my best friends for 4 solid years of high school. I’m even convinced Matt got all our friends to vote me “class favorite” our sophomore and senior years, while he won freshman and junior years. An attitude of kindness and inclusivity from a genuinely good-hearted kid changed my entire teenage experience, and I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciate that.


Toni

My parents dropped a bombshell on me and my brothers when I was in the 4th grade. DIVORCE. I was devastated, and the next day at school, my teacher Mrs. Graham noticed. She took me aside and asked me what was wrong and I told her through tears. She let me skip all normal activities that day and she let me stick by her side. She let me take my shoes off so I was comfortable. She told me I could bring my favorite stuffed animal to school if I wanted. And when I told her I wanted to write an angry letter to my dad, she told me I could use her typewriter. I don’t know why I remember those details. I just know she helped me through a very difficult time in my young life.


Kari

I graduated from BYU with a degree in Elementary Education and am grateful for the 2 years I had the opportunity to teach 4th grade (before we left for my husband to attend graduate school). One student I will always remember was a boy named Russell in my first classroom – I had 21 students and he was certainly one of the most difficult of the bunch. Talking with other teachers, he had struggled in previous years, as well, and seemed to lack support from home. He battled with ADD but would not take his medication regularly; in fact, I could tell the minute he walked into my classroom each day whether or not he had taken it. While he often struggled with attention and behavior, I could tell he was a good kid and I worked hard as his teacher to encourage and praise him for those things he did well.

It’s amazing to see how children respond to positive reinforcements (as I’ve noted with my own children and their teachers over the years)! Russell’s contributions in the class increased and he seemed to “fit in” with our entire class over time. The biggest triumph for me was when his parents actually attended parent/teacher conferences with me that year – apparently they had never bothered to come in previous years so it felt like a major accomplishment to get them to that meeting and it gave me an opportunity to share with them all of the GOOD that their son was working on in the classroom along with discussing a plan for how we could all work together as a team to help Russell become even more successful. Having that experience as a teacher – before I had my own children – taught me great lessons about validation, encouragement, and the essential role of the teacher / student / parent partnership in a successful education experience.


Miriam

When I was in the 3rd grade, I remember walking to school . . . up hill both ways, in the snow. Alright, but really, I’d walk every day, winter or not. My teacher Mrs. Hansen would be always greet me with the warmest hugs. Every now and again she’d also bring fresh bread and she would let me come in to her classroom before school started and we would eat and talk together for a few minutes. She totally connected with me and made me feel important.


Molly

Thinking back on my childhood, I can’t remember a lot, but I do remember one teacher in particular — my 5th grade teacher, Joi Hess. She exemplified her name and truly spread joy wherever she went. She was an older lady and I remember some of the kids in the class were disappointed that they got the old lady for a teacher, but I knew better. I knew she was one of a kind! She was tall and she wore Birkenstocks. Mrs. Hess was an artist and wanted to give us the opportunity to do as many art projects as possible. It was almost all that we did. Any time she could weave art into a math or history or English lesson, she did. She loved every single piece of art or pottery or sewing that each of her students did, that was very clear. I was pretty smart but also sometimes felt a lot of pressure to be the very best in the class. In this class, I never felt that. We were all equals with our own unique talents. It was my best year of school ever!


Wendy

When I was seven, almost 8 years old, my family — my dad, mom, little sister, and I were in a car accident. We lost both my mom and my sister that day. When I was healed enough to go back to school, I discovered how much I’d changed, not just emotionally but physically. My pretty long hair had burned in the fire in the wreck so it had been cut off short. I had burns down my shoulder and arm. I’d just gotten out of the wheelchair and had to use crutches till my broken pelvis was completely healed. I was insecure and scared. I became an easy target for kids to pick on. There was one older girl who had a band of friends that would follow me around and tease me. They’d call me “fake crutch.” She would corner me in the bathroom during recess. She would yell at me and push me around till one day she slapped me right across the face in front of her friends. I just stood there paralyzed with fear and shame. It was such a scary & very lonely time.

I felt like I couldn’t go to my teacher because I didn’t want to worry my dad. He’d lost so much. I had already missed too much school so I would say that my burns hurt and ask to skip recess. I had a 3rd grade teacher named Ms. Wise, she herself was a burn victim and had scars all over her arms and chest. She said we were the same, that we were strong and she understood how badly the burns hurt. She would allow me to spend lunch & recess in the nurse’s office or in the classroom with her. I would read books and help her in the classroom. She made 3rd grade bearable and I felt protected. Even though she didn’t know exactly what was happening, she lived up to her “Wise” name and gave me the extra attention I needed.


Laurie

In a teaching hospital there is a saying of “See one, do one, teach one.” All employees, whether you were employed by the College of Nursing or the College of Medicine, had the job of teaching the next generation of health care professionals. As a nurse extern (a nursing student who is employed by the hospital but who is still training) and as a new nurse grad, I worked with 2 nurses who had a profound effect on my nursing career and my outlook on life. We worked on a pediatric oncology unit. There was a demand for excellent clinical skills, sharp critical thinking skills, and organization and time management because it was a very busy unit.

I was lucky to work, train, and learn from almost every nurse on that unit at some point (and I can’t say enough wonderful things about all of them), but Denise and Elicia were the ones I trained with most consistently. They took me from a shaking in my boots nursing student to a confident caregiver. Not only did they help to refine my skills and grow my knowledge, but they also taught me about compassion and empathy. They taught me how to find those moments in a busy schedule to really care for people emotionally. I loved watching how they would interact with those sweet kids and families, whether it was playing with them, listening to them tell a story, or lending a shoulder to cry on and giving a comforting hug. Those years made a profound impact on my life and I hope that I never forget the love and service given to others that I witnessed on a daily basis.


giveaway time!

I’m not gonna lie. I got a little weepy reading everyone’s stories. God bless inspired teachers who do — and GIVE — so much!

I certainly hope you’re feeling inspired. If so, share a story in the comments. We will randomly be selecting one winner from the comments to receive a bundle of products from us as well as a magnetic board from our friends at Jut Made. This board is one of my very favorite things!

But wait. There’s more!

We will be giving the winner a $50 gift certificate to our shop and a Jut Made Board. In addition, we will send you a bundle of products to pass along to a favorite teacher! Yep — you will receive a Project Life® Mini Album, School Themed Cards, a pack of Journaling Pens, a pack of Lined Cream Cards, 2 rolls of Stone Wrap, and a Jut Made Board for any teacher that you choose!

Excited? So are we! You have until 5:00 pm PT on Tuesday, May 2 to add your story to the comments . . . and please tell us your city + state / country! Good luck!


*UPDATE* Our randomly selected winner is Rebecca Pinon in New Mexico! Rebecca, please email molly@beckyhiggins.com to claim your prizes.

COMMENTS

99 Responses

  1. Sean Eyring says:

    Can I just tell you, that when I was a teacher (4th grade for one year and 5th grade for two years) that they were some of best years ever. My students are now old enough to be getting married and having kids of their own! I have some great memories of my own teachers that I tried to keep alive when I taught. One of my teachers, Mrs. Breckenridge, was such a great believer in drama, and would put on a production each year. When I was in her 4th grade class, I was the lead in “Let George Do It” – about George Washington. I had to sing, I had to dance, and I had to kiss a girl playing Martha (ew!–at least the 4th grade me was saying “ew!”) :)
    One of the things I remember her doing was bringing stories alive by the way she would read to us. Voices, inflections, exaggerated facial expressions, the whole works. It really made stories come alive for me, beyond just words on a page.
    As I taught elementary school, any of my former students would tell you that I put my heart and soul into our read-aloud time, just like Mrs. Breckenridge did. It became so fun for them that sometimes they would interrupt and say “that’s not the right voice for XX” or something similar when I would get so into a character that I’d mess up, or sometimes couldn’t remember the accent I used from one day to the next, or over a weekend!
    I think anytime a teacher can make something memorable, for whatever reason–maybe a story, maybe an activity, maybe something they didn’t formally plan out–it’s what students will remember and cherish. I wish I could afford to still be a teacher! I miss it the most every year around back-to-school time. And I know that any teacher would be thrilled to pieces to receive just a smidgen of the products you are giving away. I have some teacher friends I’m making a mental note to give these products to if I win, because I know they will appreciate them.

  2. Becky says:

    My favorite teacher is no longer with us. She was the only teacher who really challenged me in school. I had her my senior year of high school and she gave me a “B” on a paper I wrote in English class. I had never received such a “low” grade in that subject and I asked her why. Her response was, “You wrote that paper the night before it was due, correct?” Of course I said yes because I always waited until the last minute to write an English paper. She challenged me to write better and put some work into my writing. I did.

  3. Sean Eyring says:

    Dang, forgot–Pleasant Grove, UT

  4. Kristin Garcia says:

    My greatest teacher was a student. I was a special education teacher at the time of K-2 students. I had one student whose family struggled financially. Things were very hard for them. His mother was suffering from some mental health issues and life was very tough for this little boy. I tried for months to get him to blend letters into words and no success. One day he picked up the book and just started reading, I cried like a baby.

    This same child also asked for a raincoat for Christmas instead of toys like the other kids because he would get wet if he walked home and it was raining. I learned so much from this little man. Don’t give up on any student, they’ll get there. Don’t ever assume that a “label” defines a child. He is now out of the special ed program and in honors classes. Lastly, sometimes the things we take for granted are a huge deal to these kiddos!! I have his picture on my desk so that when things get tough in kindergarten as they do, those lessons are always there to remind me.

  5. Susan R. says:

    I am a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers. I ALWAYS loved school, and I still do. I have so many memories, but at this point in my life, my “favorites” are when students come back to visit because I made a difference in their life. It always reminds me of how important and powerful my job is. To teach really is to touch the future, and I truly love my job.

  6. Susan R. says:

    I forfeit to add North Wales, PA
    Oops! 😀

  7. Hayley says:

    My eldest daughter, Elissabeth, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder just before she turned 6: it was a tough leading up to the diagnosis because we had so many questions but didn’t know who to ask or where to turn. Elissabeth’s diagnosis gave us direction and we then had an idea of who to turn to for help. But the thing that really got us through that year was the support and guidance from Elissabeth’s teacher, Mrs Tarbath. Mrs Tarbath was so understanding and patient with Elissabeth. Elissabeth would become overwhelmed and have meltdowns that Mrs Tarbath helped Elissabeth through. When Elissabeth was refusing to write, she feared making a mistake so much that she couldn’t get past it, she found ways to enable Elissabeth to write with a have a go book and a very simple and easy to use ‘dictionary’. [Elissabeth now writes Harry Potter/My Little Pony cross over fan fics.]
    Mrs Tarbath has also supported me: encouraging and supporting me to build up my confidence, by having me do parent help in her classroom, so that I may return to work by the time my son is at school: I was teacher aiding before my mental health declined to a point that I could not work anymore. She supported our family through our pregnancy with our son, I had a lot of physical pain that caused my mental health to decline.
    My middle daughter, Lilith, had Mrs Tarbath the year after Elissabeth and it was a godsend. Lilith started to develop anxiety last year and it was heartbreaking to see my bright little girl withdraw and to have anxiety attacks. Mrs Tarbath’s support was phenomenal, she really cares and puts her heart into her work and the families at the school.
    I really don’t know how we would have made it through the past two years if we didn’t have her in our lives. We are truely blessed to have her touch our lives.

  8. Meg says:

    I LOVED reading all of your stories, and I must admit, totally cried at work. Sending you all hugs from across the internet ;) I don’t have a truly outstanding story, but my favorite teacher was my art teacher, Monica. I started classes when I was 8, and showed up every Saturday for a 2 hour class (barring illness or travel) until I was maybe 16 or 17 and overwhelmed with college applications, AP classes & other extra-curricular activities. Even at 8, she just seemed to allow us such independence and room for trying it ourselves – and trying it again :) – while still giving that solid foundation & instruction. She always had graham crackers in her cabinet for mid-class snack, and they always tasted a little like turpentine LOL. I wish I would have gotten her mailing address or something before I stopped going, but I think it was one of those times that you don’t know it’s going to be your last contact until all of a sudden it’s been a year or something.

    If I won, I would share with my sister, who is currently a 3rd & 4th grade teacher, and has some pretty heart-wrenching stories about her kids. She’s moving back to kindergarten next year, and is really excited about that, but I think she’d do great either way :)

    Thanks for the chance! Sending love & hugs from San Jose, CA.
    ~Meg

  9. Christina says:

    My favorite teachers inspired me to become a teacher. It’s hard to pinpoint specific stories about them. There’s how one called me “loud soldier” when I was the quietest one in the class and encouraged me to come out of my shell. There’s the one who taught me I could think outside the box and still hit the parameters of her assignments (my students will tell you that I get them to do that today). There’s the college professor who admired my writing when no one in my public school years had ever once told me I was a good writer. That support meant so much. My 11th grade English teacher taught us how to write checks and balance checkbooks because he knew we weren’t learning it anywhere else.

    My students teach me compassion and patience. They make me a better parent. My son makes me a better teacher. I’m constantly learning.

    Myerstown, PA

  10. Kris says:

    My favorite teacher was also my Mom. As I grew up I watched her dedication to teaching students year after year and long hours of preparation and grading papers. She worked so very hard to make our lives better, as we were a dairy farming family surviving through the farm crisis! I watched her help hundreds of students over the years, not just in the classroom but also as a reading specialist who helped teachers when an autoimmune disease and a compromised immune system forced an early end to her teaching career. We lost my Mom in 2015, and as my Dad, brothers and sisters and I stood around her hospital bed comforting and supporting her when she found out that the path God had laid out for her would be ending much sooner than we all thought possible, she again became our teacher, demonstrating how to let go peacefully and gracefully when her time came shortly thereafter. What an amazing journey this teacher took us on!
    Saronville, Nebraska

  11. Elisabeth Zeller says:

    There is one teacher that holds an extra special place in my heart! It’s because she met me where I was on that day, where I needed someone to be with me, held my hand, helped me learn a lesson, helped me trudge through that difficult time, and helped me bloom into who I am today. I will forever be grateful for her love and dedication to education. While in college I was phoned due to the fact that she was rushed to our town (larger hospitals in the area) with worry of a medical situation, I went to the hospital to learn that she needed surgery and would be staying for several days. I visited for quite time with her and the family as the waiting game was played, learning that no family including her husband would be able to stay the night with her. I could tell in her eyes that she was worried and slightly frightened to stay the night alone, she had never stayed in a hospital before. So I asked if I could repay her years of kindness in the smallest of ways by staying with her. She was worried to say yes, for fear that it would mess up my schedule or responsibilities, nonsense I told her – years ago you set aside your needs and responsibilities to hold a frightened little girls hand, to comfort her, to love her, and to teach her. Although, she was someone that assisted in educating me, she too became part of our “tribe,” truly loving us and supporting us through so many years. How can you say thank you to that?

    Fairfax, VA (USA)

  12. Veronica says:

    I am a teacher and many wonderful things have happened in my career…..but the teacher I admire most is the one who spent all the extra time (before the school year started, after school, during swim meets, having him in her class a second year just so he would feel safe, etc) to make my autistic son feel comfortable. She called me all frantic one day….when my son was in Grade 1….”Veronica, get your butt here ASAP!” Then she hung up. In panic mode I flew to the school to find out what was wrong….. once I entered the classroom I found this teacher crying…..just sobbing….she ran across the room and gave me the biggest hug ever…..my once non-verbal son had said his first words. The words were not the usual first words of a child….usually said to a mom or dad, but, my darling babe said, “Mrs. Mann? I don’t understand the concept you are teaching. If you have a moment I would like it explained again.” Mrs. Mann ran directly to the office to give me that frantic call. I would not want my son’s first words to be to anyone else in his life (although to me would have been great).

  13. Veronica says:

    Oh, Williams Lake, BC

  14. Tracy says:

    My favorite teacher is my wife. She taught Special Education, specifically Emotional Support students, at the middle school level. The story’s she would bring home from her classroom we sometimes hilarious (she had a student that demanded that he be addressed as Cheezus) and sometimes heartbreaking (She had one student ask if she could adopt him since his parents spent money on drugs and other habits instead of food for the family). the amount of love and caring she has for her students and their families is inspiring.

    Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

  15. Kristin Garcia says:

    Forgot too… Miami, Florida 🌞

  16. Abby says:

    I come from a family of teachers: both parents, both sisters, brother-in-law, many Aunts and cousins… and I’m also a teacher. Since I was a little girl I would play “school” in the basement. Teaching is a wonderful profession and I love my job!
    Abby from Kaukauna, Wisconsin

  17. Jody says:

    I was lucky to have had positive experiences with all but one of my teachers. Most things that stand out are when a teacher goes above and beyond. There was the time a teacher stayed after school so that I could finish my home ec project in the 8th grade. My mom’s parents had died that quarter and I missed several days of school. I remember our 1st grade teacher having us write letters to Christa McAuliffe’s family after she was killed in the Challenger explosion. Our choir teacher took the show choir around the county every December to spread Christmas cheer. One year a fellow singer’s mother was in the psych ward at our local hospital. She arranged for us to go sing there to her mother and fellow patients. Now I work in a school and get to see some amazing examples of teachers going above and beyond.

    Dresden, OH

  18. Tracy says:

    From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I guess I was born to teach. When I was little, stuffed animals were my “students”. They even got report cards. I admired so many of my teachers. My teachers fostered my love of reading and writing.

    I started teaching real kids 18 years ago. I am honored that I get to touch the lives of so many students. What I love most about my job is that I get to continue to learn and grow each day. I am constantly learning from my students.

    I am a third grade reading and writing teacher. I try to instill a love of reading and writing with my students. I love teaching my students that everyone has a story that matters and we get the opportunity to write a new page in our story each day. I even showed my students that I write every day using my Project Life App. They thought that was totally cool. I have a goal to start a Project Life physical album in my classroom. We take lots of pictures throughout the year. I think it would be awesome to have my students help me journal in our “class yearbook”. I know the students would love our yearbook just as much as my own boys love looking through our Project Life albums at home.

    League City, Texas

  19. Stephanie says:

    My favorite teacher, Mrs. Sears, inspired me to be a teacher. I had the opportunity to have her be my 2nd and 4th grade teacher when I was in elementary school. Every year, she would read The Best Christmas Pagent Ever, and she would cry at the end. She could read Shel Silverstein poems with such expressions that poetry come to life. She taught me that books can open a whole new world, and, of course, I am now a reading teacher.

    Kansas City, Kansas

  20. Sarah says:

    I always loved school and did well at it, but it wasn’t until 8th grade that some of my teachers saw me, instead of just a good student. They took the time to get to know me and treated me with so much respect that it really changed my confidence as a person.
    I now teach middle school science and do my best Ever.Single.Day to connect with my students. Learn something from them, help them, make repeated eye contact checking on each one, listening, ALWAYS listening. They may never remember that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, but I hope they remember that Mrs. Bluhm cared about them.

  21. Robin Moran says:

    I love this! Teachers are so pivotal and important. One of my favorite teachers was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Owens. She saw my interest for the sciences and chose to nominate me for a scholarship for a science-minded summer camp. I ended up being chosen and it’s something I still remember to this day! She was very attentive to all of her students and very thoughtful. I’ve had a lot of great teachers through high school and college but she always stands out to me.

    Tampa, Fl

  22. Bonnie says:

    My youngest is in kinder this year and has the same teacher that my oldest had 8 yrs ago. She is amazing. She was there for my son who was an earlier reader, smart and ADHD. She’s there now for my daughter who came in barely knowing any letters at all. And, through everything, she’s supportive and reassuring while telling us what we need to know. So thankful for this wonderful woman.

  23. Rabecka Peixoto says:

    Me. Bruce was one of those teachers that brought out the best in every student. He believed in each one of his students and was so excited about everything, everyday! He made learning an adventure! He is the reason I am the teacher I am today. He showed me that work didn’t have to be perfect, but it did have to be my best. He taught me to ask questions and explore things on my own. He taught me to care about others, share with them how to do something (not just give them the answers because that wouldn’t teach them anything at all) and have fun! Me. Bruce was my Second Grade teacher. He came to our High School graduation and gave each student a card and small gift. If you graduated from college, another card and gift card. He believed in us!

    Rabecka
    Berkeley Heights, NJ

  24. Teka says:

    I feel fortunate to have had many inspiring teachers. I am now wrapping up my first year teaching. I am so thankful for all of my teachers- from my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Gomez to my graduate professors Dr. Bickham and Dr. Chovich. Each one made significant contributions to who I am today. And who I strive to be as a teacher.

  25. Amy K. says:

    My high school chemistry definitely teacher played a pivotal role in my life. He encouraged us to come up with science fair projects one year, and my partner and I ended up with a pretty good project. So he helped us refine it to enter into a state science fair. We ended up winning that science fair and going to the international science and engineering fair. It meant additional work to refine our project even more and even coming to school on weekends to work on our project. He gave us so much of his time, but also a lot of encouragement. It’s no surprise that going to the international science fair really shaped both of us! We both went on to major in biochemistry in undergrad and work in research labs during those years. I’m now a pharmacist after completing a doctorate. When I look back, I know this path I took was in large part due to the experiences I gained from Mr. Johnson’s classes.

  26. Emily Ruth says:

    I have so many stories about teachers who influenced my life and helped me get through. It’s hard to choose just one, but Mrs. Grace was one of my favorites. Not only did she have the sweetest southern accent (I was a desert, Arizona girl) but she always had a smile on her face. Her tight blonde curls, pink cheeks and heavenly perfume made every girl in her class want to be just like Mrs. Grace. I was her #1 fan girl.
    The previous year, life had been rough in my family and I had struggled in school both socially and academically. I was a favorite target of teasing and I had pretty much zero confidence. When I entered Mrs. Grace’s class, she assured me pretty much immediately that my unique way of seeing the world and approach to learning were valuable. She told me I was smart and creative and encouraged me to audition for the school musical. My whole life shifted, and while things were still rough at home, I gained healthy coping tools I hadn’t had before. I started to trust myself and regain confidence in my abilities. Instead of being overwhelmed with my studies, I saw it as an exciting challenge to create new strengths and interests.
    A real game changer for me.
    Mrs. Grace will always stand out in my mind of kindness and genuine caring.

  27. Emily Ruth says:

    I have so many stories about teachers who influenced my life and helped me get through. It’s hard to choose just one, but Mrs. Grace was one of my favorites. Not only did she have the sweetest southern accent (I was a desert, Arizona girl) but she always had a smile on her face. Her tight blonde curls, pink cheeks and heavenly perfume made every girl in her class want to be just like Mrs. Grace. I was her #1 fan girl.
    The previous year, life had been rough in my family and I had struggled in school both socially and academically. I was a favorite target of teasing and I had pretty much zero confidence. When I entered Mrs. Grace’s class, she assured me pretty much immediately that my unique way of seeing the world and approach to learning were valuable. She told me I was smart and creative and encouraged me to audition for the school musical. My whole life shifted, and while things were still rough at home, I gained healthy coping tools I hadn’t had before. I started to trust myself and regain confidence in my abilities. Instead of being overwhelmed with my studies, I saw it as an exciting challenge to create new strengths and interests.
    A real game changer for me.
    Mrs. Grace will always stand out in my mind of kindness and genuine caring.
    Emily Ruth McIntosh
    Mesa, AZ

  28. Melissa DL says:

    I am lucky because I had so many favorite teachers growing up. My kids are lucky as well because their teachers are excellent. They not only teach them common core, they also teach our kids how to be kind, to live a prayerful life and to be the best that they can be. I am forever grateful for these fabulous teachers who give so much to our kids.

    Pasadena, CA

  29. Sarah says:

    I went to a smaller Christian school in Maryland! I have so many good memories with different teachers there. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Dove. She really was the best! I loved that the school continued to move her up a grade every year…she ended up being my teacher/or home room teacher starting in 3rd grade all the way through my last year! She always made us strive to do our best! I had other teachers for other classes, but I think she was my favorite!!

  30. Luci says:

    My son has had pretty amazing teachers but 2 stand out in my mind. His 3rd grade and 5th Grade teachers. He was super shy in elementary school. His 3rd grade teacher would pair him with other shy students. My son has come out of his shell because of her and made a friend for life because of her. His 5th Grade teacher saw that he was having trouble with those darn bubble sheets and realized that he may need a different way to take those state tests. She went out of her way to get him testing accommodations. Thank goodness, this has been a help. Rolesville, NC

  31. Keahi says:

    My favorite teacher has got to be Mrs. Brown in the third grade. She was the teacher who introduced me to Ramona Quimby and the Sweet Valley Twins! My love for reading began in that classroom. I started reading chapter books and novels and creating book reports and projects related to the books on my own just for fun. Thirty years later and I still love a good novel. I ran into Mrs. Brown several years ago and I got the chance to thank her for an invaluable gift she instilled in me back when I was 8 years old. She actually remembered me after all this time!

  32. Keahi says:

    Sorry, I forgot… Hilo, Hawaii, USA 😊

  33. Amy says:

    My most influential teacher was my high school chemistry teacher. He taught me it was okay to be smart and okay to be a smart girl. He always praised me and kept me on the path. He knew that I would do great things. I am grateful for his influence and his showing me that smart girls are great.
    Woodridge, IL

  34. Shelby Foster says:

    I love and appreciate my teachers! It’s because of my elementary teachers that I became a teacher. My most influential teacher was my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Orton. He was so passionate about learning and it was contagious! He had high expectations, and let us know he cared about us as individuals.

    Kennewick, Washington

  35. Latanya says:

    I’ve been blessed that I had several great teachers that helped me along the way. 3 that really stand out is Mrs. McCullough, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Miller. Each of them offered and helped me beyond what teachers usually do for their students. They took the time to really break things down in a way was understandable for me and my learning style.

  36. Natalie says:

    I had amazing teachers growing up, one that inspired me to be a teacher myself! Now home with my kids, I am inspired by my son’s second grade teacher. Her enthusiasm for teaching is contagious. The kids love being in her class, and they have FUN. She is dedicated to her students, communicative to her parents, goes out of her way to meet students’ needs and attend outside of school events supporting her students, AND, she’s a mom too. Many teachers are awesome, and make a difference, but it is this one who will make a lasting impression.

  37. EmmaJ says:

    My son hates school. He loves fun and friends and even learning, but he doesn’t like being in school. But this year he has a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Evans, who understands this. She gets that he is a boy and that he is smart and that he needs things that interest him, but that also teach him something. She is so kind and patient with him. I am so grateful for Mrs. Evans.

  38. Tiffany Buchholz says:

    All of the stories are so inspiring! My favorite teacher was my science teacher in High School and going back to tell him I was an actual Scientist now because of him was a memorable moment. My daughter is in 2nd grade right now and came home and told me her teacher took all the girls aside and had a “how to be a good friend” discussion recently. We all know how mean girls can be and I love the fact that her teacher took the time to provide some valuable life lessons!

  39. Robin Ingram says:

    I’ve had a lot of really amazing teachers. I think one of my favorites was Mrs. Farris my music teacher in elementary school. She made music class fun for everyone and we actually really learned a lot about music. It made band and choir come easily to me in middle and high school. She was high energy and fun and gave everyone a chance and never showed favorites. I can still remember some of our songs from end of year performances!

  40. Marcie L says:

    For the first 19 years of our marriage my husband had his own business. He had a painting and remodeling business. During this time he would volunteer at our church at a sports camp we run in the summer. He was great with kids. He also coached our boys in soccer for 12 years. Having his business gave him the flexibility to be able to also volunteer at school for lots of different things. One of those was in the middle school woodshop. After a while the school actually had him sub in the shop when the teacher was out. Rob had no teaching degree, but he was a natural with kids! After a few years of subbing and helping in the woodshop, the then teacher told Rob he was retiring and if he was interested in the job to get his resume together. We prayed about whether this would even be a possibility and if it would be feasible for us for him to make a career change. Well he threw his hat into the ring and they hired him! The first year was a “conditional” year, they were planning on still interviewing for the position. We have since been told that the person in charge of hiring was told by more than one person there “why would you even continue looking, this guy is doing amazing things down in the shop!” So, he is now finishing his 4th year of teaching in an amazing place we have loved since our kids started there in K. So he is my favorite teacher. He is dedicated, loving, understanding, caring and creative.

  41. Sarka says:

    My favorite teacher is my husband. He taught at elementary schools, high schools, and now he’s a university professor and also a wonderful teacher for our own kids.
    Westfield, NJ

  42. Nicole says:

    Teachers! Love them :)

    My favorite teacher was my 3rd grade teacher. She had such a positive influence – strong, but caring and always quick with a hug. Her style suited my shy ways, helping to draw me out to be more confident. I was so glad to have had her for a teacher. I learned she passed away last year, and I cried. I hope she knew how wonderful she was to me and so many students.

  43. Rachelle says:

    Mrs miller had us memorize 25 poems in second grade. I was pretty sure that was a little crazy!! My parents helped motivate me by giving me .25cents per poem. She taught me I could do something hard!! I did it! We had a poetry recital and I wore my red plaid knickers. Yep, pretty awesome!!!

    Sacramento

  44. Laurie Staats says:

    I have been so very blessed in my life to have many, many amazing teachers, for myself and for my children. They are some of my very best friends and I’m sad every summer when I don’t get to see them for three months while they enjoy family time and a break from school. (Which we all know is also a lot of prepping for the next year.) There are two teachers in particular that my sons have had who pour their entire hearts and souls into their classrooms. They have known and loved my sons as well as the other students in their classes. I have spent countless hours volunteering in their classrooms to give back just a little of what they have given to so many children. I have watched the children come out of their classes at the end of the year better people for having been nurtured by them. And I’ve also witnessed how many of them come back as middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults to tell them thank you.

    -Laurie from Portage, MI

  45. Deena S says:

    When my little boy was in Kindergarten he was sitting in one of those little chairs with his arms and legs tucked into his shirt because he was cold. He was also very fidgety so he was rocking back and forth in the chair when he lost his balance and fell flat on his face — no arms available to protect himself. He ended up with an immediate bloody nose (and a fractured nose!). This little boy still to this day, 3 years later, does NOT like to see his own blood. His teacher was very calm and reassuring. The next day, she brought in a fluffy children’s recliner chair just for him to sit in. She made this his special chair. He had that chair for the rest of the school year.

    Wilmington, NC

  46. I have had MANY teachers moments in my life but one of my teacher moments actually came full circle as an adult. I now work as a Teacher Librarian in Iowa. A couple of years ago a new teacher started working at my building and I knew she looked familiar. It didn’t take me long to realize she was actually my Interpretation of Literature TA from my freshman year of college. I went up to her and told her who I was and that she had been my teacher just a few short years ago. I then went on to tell her that SHE was the reason I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time and how it now one of my all time favorite books that I have since reread multiple times, I’m in love with all movie versions, etc. etc. She responded by saying “you just gave me my teacher moment” and gave me a big hug. On top of that I ALSO now work with my third grade teacher from my teeny tiny Catholic school in Southeast Iowa. Talk about FULL CIRCLE! Love your teachers people! You never know when they might be your coworker!

  47. Actually, my favorite teacher has been the kindergarten teacher (Mrs. O’ Heir )hat 3 of my 4 kids have had so far . She is the warmest, carrying and loving the person. Although my kids who had her are now a freshman in college, 8th grader and 4th grader they all started with foundation and knew that they were loved somewhere other than home and they always make sure to stop by and visit her throughout the years. She was there for my family when we lost our oldest baby girl she went above and beyond to show us she cared and took care of the kids while in school and even now when she is not their teacher she’s still watching over them.
    I am hoping she will stay 2 more few more years in the school so my youngest will be blessed in having her as her teacher as well. She is such an amazing and wonderful teacher and this would be so awesome to have the kids give this to her.

    Ellie
    West Hempstead, NY

  48. Shannon says:

    I had such a wonderful teacher in first grade. Mrs. Ebright. She helped me feel confident and special and smart and loved. I was put in a gifted and talented class with my sister who was in 2nd grade. One day my sister was home sick and I didn’t want to go without her. I remember sitting on the stairs crying while my teacher gave me a hug and reassured me and told me I didn’t have to go. She may have smoked or something cause she had a kinda raspy voice and smelled different to me, but as a teacher she was a gem.

  49. Angie says:

    What wonderful stories! As a teacher-librarian, I feel blessed to be a part of every child’s life. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Tripp. She taught 6th grade reading and was a pivotal person in my lifelong love of reading. She introduced me to authors I still read today and I still remember my entire class sitting around a round, crying as she read Where the Red Fern Grows to us. I have tried to follow her example as I introduce authors to my students.

    Angie
    Garland, Texas

  50. Whitney S says:

    How fun! I have a few teacher moments that inspired me, but one of my favorites is my high school math teacher. He LOVED math and made it seem pretty cool. He brought his guitar and sang songs about things like Integrals, geometry, and limits. It was so fun going to his class. He made math make sense and made it fun to learn. Because of him I love math and went to college in a math related field. Teachers really make all the difference!!

    Whitney S.
    Gilbert, AZ

  51. Serena says:

    My three children are autistic, some high function, others not. My teenager had a teacher named Miss Magana (I don’t know how to do the little tilde thing..) in California. After being in SO many autistic programs and going through all sorts of teachers and classes, I was numb and used to the whole “I don’t think I can help Haeley.” and she’d get transferred.

    Fast forward to second grade where she started in a new school (we’d moved from Utah to Cali at this time) and we had “the parent teacher meeting of Doom.” You know, the one where the teacher would be frazzled and get Haeley transferred out as fast as possible. I sat down, met with the principal and counselor and the teacher. She expressed her concerns, the counselor expressed hers while reading through her files and I agreed. It was the same conversation I’d had since Haeley was 2 1/2 and had been in all sorts of programs trying to help.

    The counselor recommended moving Haeley out of Miss Magana’s class and into special ed to which Miss Magana blinked hard and threw up her hands.

    “Woah woah woah, I don’t want her moved, you’re NOT taking my girl, I just would like some extra help in the classroom, don’t you have that program of teachers that act as aids?”

    I probably looked confused, why wasn’t this teacher doing like all the others had and taking the easy way out.. and.. did she just say what I think she said?

    The counselor stumbled over her words and repeated she thought it would be best just to take her out. Miss Magana stood up suddenly, indignant at the way this conversation was going and said “Nevermind, forget I called this meeting, I’ll figure out something! You can’t have her.”

    I was too shell shocked to say anything and was just watching the two of them in as much a surprise as the principal was. The counselor tried to recover and agreed that there were the aids and they could do something like have Haeley pulled out of class when she was having a hard time.

    This time, Miss Magana sat down and said “How about you just have her SIT with Haeley and help her. I think it would do her best to stay in the classroom environment.”

    I’ve never seen a teacher fight so hard to KEEP Haeley in her class. I’ve also never been so grateful someone didn’t want to dump my child as fast as they possibly could to avoid the responsibility.

    Not only did Haeley succeed in that year, but she grew by LEAPS and BOUNDS. Her vocabulary was quadrupled, her confidence soared, she was trying new things, making new friends.. We moved before I could fully thank her, before I could tell her the full appreciation I had and still to this day have. That woman is my Angel and now Haeley is pretty much out of the aide system any longer, she barely needs any help anymore and I attribute it all to Miss Magana.

  52. Serena says:

    Sorry, forgot to add!

    Farmington Minnesota. :)

  53. Celeste says:

    I am a homeschooling mom/teacher/school administrator. My oldest is graduating this year. since we started seven years ago it has been hard, very hard, and such a blessing! My kids and I know each other much more so than my mom and I. One of my favorite points parts of homeschooling is the ability to be flexible. My daughter’s equine science class was a wonderful example. We got a college text which she went through, and her final project was painting the skeleton on the outside of a pony. Outstanding and something not easily available in a brick and mortar school.

  54. Shawna Zervos says:

    I remember starting a new school in fifth grade. My previous school was small and contained the same kids I had been with since kindergarten. We walked home with one another after school and played together during the summer. My new school was quite the opposite with three classrooms in each grade not to mention open-rooms (anyone remember those from the 70’s?) Needless to say, the change was difficult. I was unhappy. My new teacher was loud and I didn’t wear the monogrammed sweaters of my peers. And then I met the librarian. Mrs. Blair was everything you could imagine (think Mary Poppins.) She invited me to be a “library helper” and assist in the library during recess. She invested in me by listening. She told me stories about her son, Jason, who was my age. Fast forward to high school, where we met, became dear friends, and even attended the Prom together. I am so very thankful to her each and every day, and owe gratitude to her, for her kindness guided me to become a teacher myself. Today I still remember the influence she had on me and pay it forward by investing in my own students and providing them with the loving support she gave so many years ago. She is no longer with us, but I feel her presence everyday; I am teaching at the school I attended and each week when I take my littles to the library am reminded of these lessons.
    I am also so grateful that my middle-school aged daughter shares this same relationship with her school librarian and eats lunch with her on most days as she assists in the library. I would love to share this gift with her.
    Shawna
    Moundsville, WV

  55. Lisa Miner says:

    My boys have had wonderful teachers. They have even found ways to bond with my ADHD son. Now my baby is graduating from elementary school and we are moving on to a new chapter in our lives. I have spent a lot of time as a room mother and have learned so much as I watched the teachers in action. Now I am a substitute teacher and I love being in the class room. I get to implement what I have seen taught and I don’t feel like I am just a “babysitter” for a day.

    Lisa
    Santaquin, UT

  56. Cindy Trimble says:

    My friend and I are over the ESL program at Riverdale Elementary. She is the hardest worker I know. She is kind. She is funny. She is beautiful inside and out. She makes me smile every day. She has taught me to persevere. When my daughter had cancer, she was my rock. She picked up my load and carried it with love. She listened to my fears. She cried with me. I would love if she could win this giveaway.

  57. Jillian Smith says:

    Some of my favorite elementary school experiences were with my art teacher, Mrs. Cigliano. I was really interested in art growing up and always looked forward to art class. One day my mom had a parent/teacher meeting with Mrs. Cigliano. During the meeting, Mrs. Cigliano pointed to a yellow-painted shoe box I had painted during one of her classes. The class had been asked to use any of the primary colors to paint their shoe box. While everyone else chose red or blue, I was the only one to paint my box yellow. Mrs. Cigliano was proud that I wasn’t influenced by everyone else and chose the color I liked best. She appreciated my spunky, independent attitude and wanted to point that out to my mom. In fact, Mrs. Cigliano enjoyed my vibrant personality so much that she even asked me to model for her husband’s artwork that would be printed on a book cover and in the local newspaper! How many kids can say that?!

    Jillian – Meridian, Idaho USA

  58. Rebecca says:

    I am a teacher and a parent to not only my three beautiful children, but also to the 40+ special education seniors that I have in my classroom day in and day out. Some days are hard, very hard, and other days are amazing. Like when a student comes back to my class after contemplating dropping out because his financial obligations are too overwhelming. Or the young lady who saw a mis-justice in another class and corrected it when I was at a loss of what to do for her. My students are disadvantaged in many ways (with learning disabilities and because they live in the poorest part of our city), but they are strong and determined and I am daily inspired by them.

    I am also daily inspired by my daughters 4th grade teacher (who also taught my 17 year old son). Her patience amazing me. She gives other own time to tutor those students who need extra support. She pulls the best out of her students through encouragement and love. She helped by son by teaching him that he needed to work to his potential, and has taught my daughter that it is ok to struggle; if you try, then you are successful. As our school year winds down, one that has been made very difficult by forces outside of the district, I would love to share with her my appreciation.

  59. Rebecca Pinon says:

    I am a teacher and a parent to not only my three beautiful children, but also to the 40+ special education seniors that I have in my classroom day in and day out. Some days are hard, very hard, and other days are amazing. Like when a student comes back to my class after contemplating dropping out because his financial obligations are too overwhelming. Or the young lady who saw a mis-justice in another class and corrected it when I was at a loss of what to do for her. My students are disadvantaged in many ways (with learning disabilities and because they live in the poorest part of our city), but they are strong and determined and I am daily inspired by them.

    I am also daily inspired by my daughters 4th grade teacher (who also taught my 17 year old son). Her patience amazing me. She gives other own time to tutor those students who need extra support. She pulls the best out of her students through encouragement and love. She helped by son by teaching him that he needed to work to his potential, and has taught my daughter that it is ok to struggle; if you try, then you are successful. As our school year winds down, one that has been made very difficult by forces outside of the district, I would love to share with her my appreciation.
    Becca
    Albuquerque, NM

  60. Carrie says:

    I can think of teachers in my time of growing up and there are many who have touched my life and have really gone above and beyond when I was a student. Now nearing my 40th birthday, I’ve been out of high school longer that I was ever in school. I did graduate from college later in life than most, and again had teachers/instructors who were special. But in my present season of life and having my first child almost done with her kindergarten year, I would have to say that Mrs. Locey is at the top of my list for great teachers! Mrs. Locey is kind, patient, caring, loving and passionate about teaching young lives. She works long hours daily to make sure that her students get the best education. She also works closely with my daughter to help her succeed. My daughter is strong willed and had challenged Mrs. Locey on a few occasions, however Mrs. Locey points Carder back in the right director with love and care. Mrs. Locey is very special and loved and appreciated by so many in our school. It cannot easily be put into words how wonderful Mrs. Locey is and how blessed that our daughter has had her for her first year of elementary school! It would be great to bless her with a special gift!
    Carrie
    Tecumseh, Kansas

  61. I’m a teacher today because of a teacher who is no longer with us. She inspired me. She pushed me to not give up. She told me over and over and reminded me that I am musically gifted and that God wanted me to use my gift to teach. I’ve taught general music, chorus, and drama in public schools for 12 years. Every year I grow. I’ve never stopped learning from students, colleagues, my own four children. I know that my former teacher is smiling down on me during every performance we have, every evaluation, every child that looks at me and says, “I can’t do this,” and I say “whatever now sing.” Music is indeed my gift and teaching is my return for her love, inspiration, and support.

    Michelle from Morristown, TN, USA

  62. Elizabeth Smith says:

    I knew I wanted to be a teacher during my 2nd grade year. My father is a teacher and finishing his 43 year at American Fork Junior High teaching social studies. I often wonder if his students know how lucky they are to be taught by a Vietnam veteran. He did retire but went back to teaching as a hobby. I can’t go anywhere with him without someone thanking “Mr. Lyde.”

    My mom also teaches kindergarten as a hobby. She practically gives away her entire paycheck to whomever she feels inspired.

    I taught in the public school system for 9 years. One of the most rewarding events of teaching happened this past year. About a year a ago I received a thank you email from a student who I taught 6th grade to over 16 years ago. She was still single and I had a brother who was still single. I set them up on a blind date and they married in November. All because my now sister-in-law sent me a thank you note.

    Elizabeth Smith
    Grantsville, UT, USA

  63. Hannah says:

    Reading some of the above stories, I asked myself how I was supposed to pick just one teacher. I’ve always loved school. I had bad, good, and great teachers. I currently work as a special education paraprofessional. Every teacher I have ever come in contact with has made an impact on my life; good, bad and ugly. Without teachers (good, bad, and ugly) we would not have doctors, lawyers, teachers, athletes, soldiers, actors, or even criminals. People make bad decisions and mistakes every day, some of those people are able to turn their lives around. They do that with the help of teachers, but somehow teachers are still some of the lowest paid people in our country. I can’t pick just one teacher. I’m glad that we have a week where we are at least saying thank-you!

    Hannah

  64. Blythe DeLacy says:

    My favorite teacher was my 4th grade teacher. Mr. Simonello or “Simo” as he let us call him. To have a male as a teacher especially in elementary school wasn’t really heard of in the 80’s where I lived. He eventually went on to become a Principal of a different elementary school in the area. The year that I was in 4th grade was the year that the Space Shuttle “The Challenger” blew up at take off. It must have happened during a recess because Simo came into the classroom crying and then explained to us what had happened. He then wheeled the TV into the classroom and turned on the news, crying the whole time. First off to witness a teacher crying let alone a man was a huge deal. I didn’t realize it until much later but this showed me how “human” teachers are. He let his emotions show and I think it allowed all of us kids to trust him. Among other things he was just cool and had a way of teaching us kids. He treated us with just as much respect as we treated him with. Adults can be scary to kids sometimes and he just made us all feel excepted and welcome. I remember him being the reason I loved going to school. And fourth grade is such a hard year for kids, which I’m now learning with my three boys.
    Blythe
    Upland, California

  65. Carie says:

    Both of my son’s have been blessed with very kind & encouraging teachers this school year. My oldest son had trouble with a boy in his class last year & it continued on this year. This boy would hit my son on top of head with a book or a ball, would take my son’s pencil, throw it on the ground & tell him he better go get it. There was even an incident in the bathroom where this boy shoved my son while he was using the urinal. My son was so irritated with this classmate. We finally had enough and I emailed his teacher, unbeknownst to me she immediately sent my email on to the principal. He called my son into his office and talked to him, telling him that it’s never okay for anyone to treat him the way this boy had been. My son was encouraged & felt empowered by both his teacher and principal. His teacher has been so helpful in resolving the issues we’ve had, finding punishments for the problem classmate & encouraging my son to feel empowered to stand up to this mean kid. His teacher is always honest & kind to everyone, treats her students fairly no matter if they are a boy or girl and has helped my son feel that he can talk to a teacher if he needs help with a difficult situation. I just want to note that one day I ran into her at a store where she was returning 2 items she had ordered online that the company had accidently double fulfilled & shipped to her home. She had not been charged for them & felt bad that the company has made the mistake. She was being honest in returning them both to the local retail store & that spoke volumes to me about her character & integrity. ❤
    Meridian, ID. USA

  66. I have teachers I exemplified when I spent 25 years at a low income high school. teaching College and Career Classes. It was an amazingly rewarding job as I got to give back to so many students. But my story is not about myself it is about my son, Marty. Marty graduated from Sac State in California and went to National University to get his teaching credentials. He had an amazing 70 year old teacher, Mrs. Graby for his student teaching. She taught him not to caudal the students but to help them learn. after graduation he didn’t get a teaching assignment in Sacramento so moved home to help us get our house ready to sell and look for a teaching assignment. He was hired by a lady principal to teach third grade. She had a political agenda she wanted to use Marty for and when he refused to go along with her because he couldn’t win either way she made life very difficult and refused to hire him back the following year. Even though his summer school principal said, “I can’t believe this is your first year teaching.” He got a $5,000.00 bonus for raising the students scores at the school he was fired from. He was giving up teaching in the fall.

    I convinced him to come in and speak with my Principal. At a very busy time of year my principal spent an hour with my son. His advice was substitute for a year and figure out what kind of administration you want to work with. While subbing Marty was put in charge of a P.E. Program for elementary schools in our district. He taught summer school the following summer in my district and the principal of that school hired him in the fall. Seventeen years later he still works at that school and was nominated Teacher of the Year a few years ago. Marty was an ADD kid. He still is and he understands the need to get up and move when you can’t sit still one more moment. His students are allowed to get out of their seat and take a pass around the room and take their seat. There are many other things he does that he learned from Mrs. Grabby. First day of school the students decorate their classroom. He posts the photos of his students in the classroom, the wall outside and on bulletin boards throughout the school. Everyone looks for their photo and no one is left out. He doesn’t post student work but the students doing the work. Some students in the 6th. grade have never had their work posted when they arrive in his classroom and probably never will. But for him they all work.

    I love my son and I’m biased but if you had told me when Marty was in the first grade and had to repeat it that he would become a teacher, I would have laughed and said, “No Way!”

  67. Anjanette says:

    I loved my junior high middle school math teacher, Mrs Wickizer. She was so good at explaining math and was so approachable. I love math because of her.

  68. Shana says:

    My 2nd grade teacher was amazing! He somehow made his class fun AND edicational! I’ll never forget him.

    San Diego, CA
    USA 🇺🇸

  69. Carolina Sharp says:

    My favorite teacher Bro. Stanley my junior year seminary teacher. He was prepared and taught with conviction. I am sure all the other teachers had that to but he was able to speak to me in a way that I understood. He helped me confirm my feelings about the gospel and made my testimony grow!

  70. Katie says:

    Katie
    Greenwood, IN
    The teacher who most inspired me is my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Webb. Creative writing was really important during her class and I loved every minute of it. I connected with her, loved to write and felt inspired by her own writing samples. It was more than just answering questions like I had previously done, but instead we were asked to dream and imagine. It’s something I’ll never forget. She also linked us to pen pals from another state. The pen pal I received that year in 4th grade and I wrote until after high school. We regularly shared memories, comments and thoughts on life and eventually we met in person. Through it all, I came to love 4th grade for the writing. To this day, writing is an important part of who I am. I’ve always journaled (so that part of scrapbooking comes easy for me) and now writing is an essential skill of my professional life. I’m grateful for all my teachers but especially for Mrs. Webb who taught me the love of writing and ignited that spark in me.

  71. Brianna H. says:

    I feel blessed with the teachers I had in my life. Almost every one of my teachers I loved! From my 4th grade teacher who would bring in his guitar and help us create songs to remember what we were learning to my 6th grade math teacher who believed in my ability to do math. Every teacher I had helped model me to the teacher I am today.

    My high school band director had such a big role in my life. He was not outspoken and did not pry into your life. He was able to give comparison to help us create the music in a beautiful and meaningful way. I will never forget. He passed away the summer before my senior year and that is one of the biggest reasons I am trying to capture and document everything now. I do not have a picture with him. At the last band concert my junior year my mom asked if I wanted to get a picture with him. I told her no it’s ok he’s busy right now I will next year at the concert. That is what pushed me to become a scrapbooker.

    I wish I could go back and get pictures with all my teachers and let them know how awesome they were and how much they inspired me to be a teacher. I’m rocking out my 5th year teaching music (2nd year in my current district).

    Brianna
    Bourbonnais, IL

  72. Tami says:

    One of my favorite teachers is my daughter’s six-grade teacher. We moved during her fifth grade year and even though it was just across town, she was nervous about going to a new school for her last year of elementary school. Her teacher was welcoming from the very first day. He helped her feel special and important and loved and best of all, like she could do anything she wanted to do. She made lots of good friends that year that she’s still friends with because her sweet and amazing and encouraging teacher gave her the confidence she needed to be successful through what could have been a difficult transition. Oh, and as an incredible bonus, he taught her to love math! ;)

  73. Tami says:

    Allen, Texas 👆🏻

  74. Yvonne says:

    My favorite teacher is my my daughter’s current teacher. My daughter has special needs and we have been with her teacher for 3 years and she was her kindergarten teacher, too. My daughter is moving on to middle school, so it means a new teacher, new aides, new school, etc. This teacher has worked with me all year long to help make this a smooth transition. She has a heart of gold and we are going to miss her so much. This past summer, she and some of her staff gave up a night to come and stay with our daughter, so my husband & I could have 2 date nights. We have no family near by, so we are our babysitters. Even though, we will not be with her next year, I know she will always just be a phone call away. She has a heart of gold and is right where she should be- a special needs teacher.

    Fort Wayne, IN, USA

  75. Monica says:

    I loved reading all your stories. My fifth grade teacher Mrs. Sulz made the biggest impact on my life. She knew I could work hard so she pushed me beyond the fifth grade requirements. She had me lead the class when she needed to step out for a minute. She had me work ahead in math, in which I later earned my college degree. She gave me difficult books to read that I still love reading to this day. She taught me how to be a good person. She even came to my wedding! I have a great love for all teachers. Thanks for this awesome giveaway.
    Provo, UT

  76. Cathy Smith says:

    After being a teacher for several years after college, I have always been so appreciative for all of the tremendous teachers that have not only had influence in my life, but in my children’s lives as well.

    Cathy Smith
    Orlando, FL

  77. Paige Goepfert says:

    I was homeschooled for kindergarten through 3rd grade. My family moved to a new community and I started public school in 4th grade. I had a very hard time adjusting and was picked on by a lot of the kids. My 4th grade teacher was a ray of sunshine and looked out for me constantly. I think she really influenced me in my life to watch out for the people who are struggling to adjust in any situation.

    Munster, IN

  78. Sharla Ralstin says:

    When I was in first grade, my teacher Mrs. Price sent me a thank you card in the mail to my home address. Because I was six years old, I felt it was an open invitation to write back to her at the return address (her home address). My mom later shared with me that she had a parent/teacher conference about me out of concern for my sadness I apparently had expressed in class.
    For nearly 30 YEARS we wrote back and forth; when I moved to another school, when I progressed through middle school, high, school and college! She sent me postcards and treasures from literally ALL over the world as she traveled throughout her retirement. She sent me a very nice wedding gift from my registry, specialized Christmas ornaments, and personalized gifts when my babies were born. I was deeply saddened when one day I received a letter from her niece informing me that she had passed away. She taught me that giving from the heart to those we feel inspired to reach out to is important. She was an example of great selfless service. I hope that I brought a few rays of light like that into her life as much as she had to mine.
    Murrieta, CA

  79. Patti says:

    My 6th grade math teacher helped me learn a lot about myself. The message she wrote in my yearbook says it all: “Patti, you are cute and smart…if you would be quiet, you’d be perfect!” Haha! Thanks, Mrs. Pixton!

  80. Samantha says:

    Isn’t sad that I can say no teacher ever really took the time to push or take any interest in me? Now I have three kiddos and two are in school and I notice the teachers have been very involved. I am very thankful and I make sure my kids show them how much they are appreciated. Teachers can make the greatest impact on a child’s life. I hope my children will be able to tell stories about how great their teachers were to them. I loved readings everyone’s stories.

  81. The year after the BEST teacher my daughter had a less that great teacher. She was the perfect “boy” teacher, but not so great for a girl that needs hugs and attention and had gotten TONS of it the year before. One day my daughter got on the wrong bus. She got on the first bus, which was always her bus, but a field trip had made her bus late and a different one was in the head of the line. My daughter was sobbing and this teacher was in there comforting her until I was able to get to school. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

    Elizabeth
    Knoxville, TN

  82. Sandi Dailey says:

    One of my most favorite memories actually involves my granddaughter when she was in 1st grade. She came home one day and as she was eating lunch, she told me she had told a lie at school. I asked her to explain it to me and she proceeded to tell me that the teacher had asked each student to tell about something exciting that had happened to them over the summer. She told her teacher and the other students that she had traveled to Italy to spend the summer with her aunt. I had a very hard time keeping a straight face as she told me this. I asked why she had done this, and her answer was because she had really, really wanted to visit her aunt and cousins. I then asked her what she should do about this. She then made my heart melt by telling me she was going to go to school tomorrow and tell her teacher that she had made the whole trip up and had lied. Thank goodness the teacher showed forgiveness and just told her to explain this to the rest of the class and to not do it again. She was one happy person when she got home that day because she knew she had done the right thing. I really don’t think she has lied again (if anything she has gone to far in the other direction).

  83. Steve Snyder says:

    Miss Sloan was my favorite elementary school teacher. I still remember her teaching a two-week course dedicated to Hawaii. She had us make a “suitcase” from a manilla file folder with two handles taped in place. Now, 50 years later, I still remember the Huki Lau song, how to properly pronounce Hawaiian words, and what Poi tasted like – strangely like the paste from art class. 20 years later I ran into Miss Sloan at a restaurant with her husband. After introductions, I told him that all the boys in 5th grade had a crush on Miss Sloan. He smiled while nodding while saying, “I still do.”

  84. Steve Snyder says:

    Alpine, Utah

  85. Renee T. says:

    Last year, a young first grader joined my niece’s school after being homeless and not enrolled in school in her previous state. Her mother had given up custody in order for her to join her father in my niece’s town. The father was only occasionally employed, and his only mode of transportation was a bicycle. Obviously, the girl came into first grade mid-year with very little that a student of her age would need. Her teacher recognized her limited wardrobe and lack of school supplies, and started bringing things into the school for the student, saying that her daughter had outgrown the clothes…that she had discovered extra supplies in the school’s supply closet, etc. etc. The teacher even acquired a bicycle and helmet for the little girl from a family “friend” so she would not have to ride on her father’s handle bars. This student and her father are now much better settled in a different school in a nearby community, but there is no doubt this little girl’s initial teacher made a world of difference in what would have otherwise been an extremely difficult transition. Teachers change the world!

  86. Carol Snyder says:

    I love recalling stories that my widowed Grandmother, Ellen Bateman Richardson, would share with me about her years of teaching. She lived in Utah and I grew up in New Jersey. We would make the 3-day drive cross country every other summer to visit her and my other Grandparents — without any videos to entertain and sometimes in cars without any air conditioning. A favorite story Grandma would share was when she taught Kindergarten at The Beehive House in Salt Lake City and was telling a story about her mother. One of the small kindergarten girls in the circle looked wide eyed at my older Grandmother and asked, “Has you got a mother?”

    As teachers often say, “You don’t teach for the income — you teach for the outcome!” How grateful I am for all the teachers in my life! What blessings they are!

    Alpine, Utah

  87. Susan says:

    My absolute favorite teacher was my kindergarten teacher, Ms. Popp. She gave me the most adorable, precious pop-up book called Thumbelina. I was in awe of the pictures and illustrations even though I couldn’t read the words back then. I loved stories ever since I was a kid. I saved this treasured book after all those years and gave it to my daughter when she was in kindergarten. Hopefully, this is a wonderful tradition for our family.

    Teachers are truly wonderful and their inspiration lasts forever.

    Susan (Columbus, OH)

  88. Dhruvi says:

    I have had many teachers that have made great impacts on me and due to that I always wanted to be a teacher myself. That came half true as today I am a Child and Youth Worker and I do get to make the same difference in other kids lives.
    Despite that ofcourse we all have that one teacher who made that huge impact on us. For me it was Mrs. Zinc my grade 5 teacher. She was my first teacher after I moved from India to Canada for only four months. The reason I still remember her so clearly is because, even in those four months she really helped me alot. She did a lot for me by going out of her way. Example I was extremely poor in English, she stayed back after school to help me with my homework. I still remember she used to take a baking course and the cakes she made there she would bring it to class for all her students. I happen to be a pure vegetarian and do not eat eggs. She used to make cake that was eggless just for me. There are many more other things she did for me that I will always remember.

    Dhruvika (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

  89. Samantha M. says:

    My kids went into middle school for the first time this year after being homeschooled up to this point. And the teachers have been so great in helping them make this big adjustment.

    I’ve had lots of great teachers. One silly but very meaningful to me at the time thing: right before I was about to move schools in sixth grade, I got a book (from a Scholastic book order) that was misprinted. I was all distressed about it, and my teacher traded me for her copy so that I could read it and take it with me.

  90. Sharon Gurley says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr. Baar from when I was in fifth grade. He gave us a survey at the beginning of the year, and one of the questions was what career we wanted. We answered the questions again at the end of the year to see the changes. My answer shifted to “fifth grade teacher” because of his joy and sense of exploration when it came to learning. Years later, I did become a teacher…a fifth grade teacher to be exact. Not only that, but I worked along side Mr. Baar as his colleague in the same school! Mr. Baar was able to inspire me as a student and as a teacher. I cannot thank him enough!

    -Sharon
    Warrenville, IL

  91. Monica says:

    Although I missed this post by a day – – (so busy at work at this time of year)
    I have a bit of a different story.

    My little sister is a 1st Grade Teacher – – has been for 22 years – – when I went home to visit a in 2011, I observed her class and was able to read the class a story and do an art project with them. What I really observed was the kindness and manners of those students, they were only first graders after all.

    During that school year, my Mom was sick, and during that year my sister would take her lunch to my Moms house (she lived about 5 minutes from the school) and it was just what she did. Some of her students noticed my sister doing different things during the day – ie…not staying in for lunch – – leaving during the day for emergency situations with my Mom and preparing them through books and talks and projects on being KIND.

    On student asked her why she went to visit my Mom on her lunch hour and my sister explained to the class about my Mom and can I just say what an amazing experience that through the eyes of these children, my sister made a difference. Through the stories and the situation of my Mom, my sister – – if she taught them anything that year – – anything at all it was to be KIND. My Mom passed that year in June – from that day forward my sister has interacted with those students who are now in 6th grade and those students have commented how she made a difference in the hearts of so many just by teaching them to love and be kind to everyone.

    I personally have so many teachers that I could talk about with my experience, however it doesn’t measure up to how my sister makes her students feel on a daily basis.

    Thanks for letting me share.

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