How important were teachers in your life?

United States
March 16, 2007 10:53pm CST
I had a teacher that turned my life around and made me want to go to school. How about you?
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• United States
17 Mar 07
I had the same experience with a former teacher. Two, actually... one was in third grade. my teacher, John Skinner, not only watched my back and made sure that I did what I was supposed to do, but he also found different ways for me to stay interested in school and remain active. again, in sixth grade, my PE/Social Studies teacher Mr. Marshall was incredible. He made learning fun, he challenged me every day, and he taught me unconventional ways to get the conventional answers, and to think critically when needed. They shaped me into the student, and the individual, I am today.
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@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I had some amazing ones. Spiritual conections made with knowledge transfer and being an example too sometimes. Wouldn't trade em for anything.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Teachers can influenced us the most specially in our growing years.It was my elementary teachers that made me want to be a teacher too. It is a noble profession..you sahpe up young minds and strive hard to make them a better person. I have lots of fond memories with my teachers, I just hope I made some too with my former students.
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Teachers were very important in my life because they are my second parents out of home, they molded me to be the one i am today and ive learned so much from them.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
Teachers were a huge part of my life. I had many that made an incredible difference. It also helped that I went to a small school and everyone kind of stuck together. I am a teaacher now and I only hope I have an impact on some students like my teachers did on me.
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
They are like our second mom right?.I know its not easy to teach, it tackles a lot of sacrifice and patience.
@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
17 Mar 07
Teachers are like our second parents so they are important persons for me in my life. Most of our time are spent in school when we study. The teachers are the ones who guide us and mold us, aside from our parents of course. I had one teacher in grade 5 who helped me a lot to attain an award in my grade school. From grade 1 to 4, math is not my favorite subject. I find it difficult to memorize the multiplication table. But my math teacher in grade 5 made me memorize it and from then on math became one of my favorite subjects until secondary school. Both my parents are retired teachers. So, aside from being parents, they become my teachers too in grade school.
• Ireland
17 Mar 07
I never really like school until I met one good teacher who had children of her own and seemed to understand children better than a lot of the other teachers. She was like a second mother to me. I decided then that I wanted to be a teacher. I studied hard and I eventually got my teaching job. I also got a degree in music, so when I retired from teaching in the school, I began to teach music in my home.
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@wildhorse (1293)
• Egypt
17 Mar 07
mostly i didn't like my teachers, non had a big influnce on me, some where good alright but i was never really impressed by any.. well you can tell that i didn't lick school much :)
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• Philippines
17 Mar 07
I had some excellent teachers in high school. They made my quest for knowledge heightened. They gave some inputs about life which I find very useful until now. They influenced my life so much, I can still remember their faces until now.
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@jean_rose (416)
• Philippines
17 Mar 07
I wouldn't be a teacher myself if there weren't teachers.
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@callybop (149)
17 Mar 07
I hated some teachers, but i look back on some very fondly. And there were a select few who really changed my view of things, really helped me emotionally as well as academically. Their words of comfort and advice are still fresh in my mind and I still live by some of them. Precious memories for sure... and I often think of finding a way to go back and thank them. i don't think they realise how much they helped me. :D
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I've had some of the best and some of the worst school teachers. I spent 20 years in school rooms, so I've had lots of teachers. My fifth grade teacher was my first male teacher [Mr. James Tefft]. He was fresh from graduating from college and brought energy and creativity to his teaching. I had him for two years and loved going to school. In high school I had one of the worst teachers I've ever experienced. He taught by lecture only, droned on and on, and his vocabulary was dreadful. One day he said "es-spyn-age". I couldn't figure out what he meant. Then from the context of what he was saying I figured out he was saying "espionage". Thankfully, I also had an English teacher who inspired me to read and to write creatively. I appreciated her even more when I got to college and all that writing training came in very handy. But we have teachers in other areas of our lives who are just as important as our school teachers. There have been some amazing people in my life who have taught me life skills that made it possible for me to survive up to now. I applaud them all, even the lousy ones, for putting up with all the students over the year. It isn't an easy job. I know. I've done it.
• United States
20 Mar 07
i've had both great teachers and teachers from the land of rot. both can and did effect me deeply. the effects are both emotional and educational. mrs. superrot was mrs. merideth who had an extreme distaste for special needs chilren of which i was one. she made no secret of this, letting all the kids in class and all the parents at the parent teacher conference know, much to the ire of my mother. mom lost it and told madame merideth where she could put her opinion. on the flip side, there was mrs. stone. she took us kids to a children's zoo and many other field trips. she was very strict about one thing, we kids weren't allowed any sugar in our lunches. this was very progressive back in the 1970's.
• China
17 Mar 07
Teachers are great@!My father is a teacher, a teacher in elementary school.He have been a teacher for more than thirty years. My elder sister is aslo a teacher in a high school.Last year, I graduated from the college,wanted to find a job as a teacher, but I didn't realize it.It's pity! I will try again. Carolee, like you, when i was young in elementary school, I disliked to go to school.Because every morning I couldn't get up early.Every day,I couldn't get enough sleep. I'm very lazy! I should give my thanks to all my teachers.With all teachers's help, I entered into the University and received fine education, and I have all things I have now!