It’s funny how we all remember the teacher(s) that touched our lives in someway. Maybe this was your 9th grade Spanish teacher who always was upbeat and made you wear a sombrero if you scored a one hundred on a test. Or maybe it was just a teacher who made you feel that you could do anything. In either case, teachers have the power to change lives.
Haim Ginott brilliantly once said…
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
A teacher not only educates, but he/she truly effects those that enter their classrooms. At the end of the day teachers change lives, simple as that.
For President Obama it was his 5th grade teacher Ms. Hefty who showed him incredible kindness when he was the new kid in school (and some of us know how awful that can feel).
President Obama said, “She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President.”
Ms. Hefty not only was an excellent role model and teacher, but also continued to instill a wonderful quality that his parents had set forth. She taught him that he had a voice.
For all of the Ms. Hefty’s everywhere, thank you for all that you do.
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