Sometimes the many everyday responsibilities that come with being an educator can make for a tunnel-like focus on the long list of items that need to be done today. That’s why adults’ reminiscences about teachers who influenced their lives in profound ways can be such a great reminder about why we do what we do.
NPR recently invited listeners to contribute online their own tales of great teachers. They make for a very heartwarming read.
One woman named Sally remembered her high school French teacher who taught so much more than vocabulary and grammar.
Many years later, I remember best the mood he created in the classroom, a mood of yearning for the knowledge that will unlock doors to understanding and sharing, a sense that every homework assignment or new poem memorized could link us as human beings more deeply; I also remember most of my French.
Touched to the core by this teacher’s warm, kind, and deeply human example, I am now myself in my third year of Peace Corps service in Ethiopia.
Was there one special teacher who inspired you to become an educator? Share your story in the comments.