“A teacher effects eternity; she/he can never tell where her/his influence stops.”
– Henry Adams
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
I am who I am today because of all the amazing teachers who have touched my life. From Ms. Arlint in Kindergarten, to Ms. Johnson in first grade, Ms. Donner in second, Ms. Graverson in third… and one of my most impactful Mrs. Morrison, my fifth and sixth grade teacher. Other teachers inspired me throughout the later years, but it was those first teachers who really grew the passion in me and inspired me to love learning. Obviously, I continue to love to learn and even loved school so much I worked hard and received my doctorate, but the most special part of that whole experience wasn’t the piece of paper at the end of the journey, it was actually the Thank You Party. When I finished my doctorate I threw a huge party and invited all those who influenced me and supported me along my whole journey of life. Family, friends from different stages of life, professors, many colleagues, and fellow doctorate students…And guess who showed up? Even though they lived miles away, Ms. Arlint, Ms. Donner, Ms. Graverson, and Mrs. Morrison showed up. I was 39 years old at the time, and my kindergarten, second, third, and fifth/ sixth grade teacher came to the party. I hadn’t even spoken to them or seen them since I was 11 years old, (as that is when my family moved and transferred schools) and yet they were there 29 years later still cheering me on. On this night, it was a chance of a lifetime to be able to thank these teachers for their unbelievable inspiration. My fifth/sixth grade teacher even brought me a framed poem I had written as an 11 year old girl. It was a night of tears, laughter, and memories, but mostly gratitude. A few lessons learned were to take the time to thank all those who have meant so much to you and supported you throughout the years, but also the incredible impact teachers can have on an individual, on many individuals…and therefore truly effect eternity, never telling where the influence stops.
I appreciate you this week and I also challenge you to think back not only to why you became a teacher, an educator, but all those educators that have had an impact on you… and thank them.