As kids and college students head back to school this fall, I recall many of the teachers who worked hard to educate me. I learned something useful from every one of them, even the few who probably shouldn’t have been teaching any more. Most, however, were amazing teachers, while a few standouts helped shape me into who I am today.
My training from these educational superstars went beyond the textbook and surpassed the curriculum learning objectives. Their instruction transcended the lesson plan and offered up valuable life lessons. Mrs. Frank established a good foundation for my subsequent teachers to build upon. Miss Robinson instilled in me a thirst for learning. Mrs. Wedel inspired me to reach high, that I was more than I realized. Mr. Binder taught me science, but his big life lessons came as my track coach. Last, Professor Britten guided me in living fully: merging knowledge, work, faith, and family into one holistic understanding.
My list of honorable mentions is a lengthy one, comprised of longsuffering educators who toiled to give children a better chance at tomorrow. Though not always appreciative of their efforts, and occasionally disrespectful, we learned nonetheless, sometimes in spite of ourselves. We complained about homework, grumbled over unannounced quizzes, and struggled to study when other things beckoned more loudly. They persisted, and we benefited.
Thank you teachers everywhere. You have the most important job of all – even if you seldom hear it.
[This is from the August 2014 issue of Peter DeHaan’s newsletter. Sign up to receive the complete newsletter each month via email.]