It’s Almost Over
It’s that time of the year again, the end of the school year, the start of school year reflections.
I’m not in school, I don’t have children, and I really don’t participate in any school activities, but I do live in a college town and at the end of the year, the festivities always cause me to pause and reflect.
These next two posts are going to focus on teachers. This first post will be a more personal post about the teachers, who made a difference in my life. The second will be a post about how to show teachers appreciation.
I never liked school that much. I was quiet and didn’t stand out. There were some good and great teachers, but for me there were three that stand out above the rest. They changed my life and without them, I definitely wouldn’t be the same. During this time and these school year reflections, I would like to tell you of my privilege to be in these teachers’ classes. I want to tell you how they changed my life. In the comments, I want you to tell me of the teacher that changed your life. Each teacher mentioned will be entered in a contest to win this teacher survival kit!
Early School Year Reflections
I didn’t start out with the best teachers and my first grade teacher was traumatic to say the least.
My second grade teacher Ms. Roach repair a lot of the damage my first grade teacher made. If it weren’t Ms. Roach’s kindness, I think I would have lost any motivation to try in school. As I look back and see the long-term impact my first grade teacher made, I know I would have no faith in me or my abilities. Ms. Roach was so kind and made me believe in myself again. She made me proud of myself again, which gave me courage to keep trying in school.
Health Careers Class
I had a lot of good teachers between second grade and my junior year, especially in math. It was my worst subject, but I had some teachers that really gave their best effort to help me. I had some awesome English teachers, a teacher who taught me a love for German sarcasm, a science teacher who fulfilled my dream of getting to dissect a sheep eyeball, and even some good history teachers.
I really couldn’t complain all that much, except I just didn’t fit in much, but everyone could say that. It wasn’t until I enrolled in CNA class for high school students I found the teacher who helped me shine, Mrs. Stratton.
I hope everyone has a chance to experience one of these teachers. Someone who sees the best in you and believes in you.
I mostly faded in the background of other classes, but for once my quietness was the strength. Mostly because it was her first time teaching and the class was full of clowns.
Each of the classes at the tech school had student leaders that represented their class. Mrs. Stratton chose me to be that leader. For the first time, I felt seen. She always said I was her rock, but the truth was she was mine.
It might seem like such a small thing, but being in her class changed how I saw myself and helped me through a difficult time period. I didn’t end up on the nursing path or anything related, but I couldn’t be more thankful for that time and the impact it had on my life.
Never Too Old
It’s always funny to see how one person can do that one thing that completely changes your life. The crazy thing is that you’re never too old for it to happen.
My final story is about a college professor. I had him for the first time in a biology class. He was a cool dude, but the last thing I wanted to do was take a environmental science class. You can read more about why I care about our environment, but it was Mr. Woods that finally got a hold of my attention. He helped me see the importance of environmental issues in a way that no one else had been able to.
From there, I learned all I could and waste management issues is the cause that caught my attention. I became obsessed in learning all I could about the waste in the vicious cycle of consumerism. I became even more obsessed when I learned about upcycling and it changed my whole outlook on life. Before, I was so pessimistic, but just knowing that someone could make such beautiful things out of trash was nothing short of a miracle. Instead of seeing myself as a waste, I saw myself as a work in progress.
Share Your School Year Reflections
I always love hearing people’s stories of those special moments that change their life for the better. Please, tell me your story of the educator that changed your life for the better. These people should be cherished for doing what most people don’t take the time to do. Leave a comment below about your story of your favorite teacher and they will get a chance to win a Teacher Survival Kit. Be sure to share, so we can show those special people how much they mean to us.
Also, stay tuned for my next post when I announce the contest winner and a special post of 10 ways to show appreciation for our educators!
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