What I Learned at School

April 25th, 2011

“If we want to understand how much teachers are worth, we should remember how much we were formed by our own schooldays,” writes Marie Myung-Ok Lee in a recent editorial in The New York Times. With all of the recent upheaval about state budgets, schools, and what teachers are worth, the author of the article recalls her teachers who made a difference in her life and set her on a path to become a writer.

Read the full editorial here.

We’ve all had teachers like this during our school years, whose impact lasts beyond the classroom walls.  Who was the one teacher who made a difference in your life? Share your story in the comments section and we will randomly select three commenters to receive a free Stenhouse book.

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  • 1. Linda Baie  |  April 25th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I feel lucky that I could write about more than one, but first I must choose an English teacher, whom I had for junior and senior composition. We thought she was so difficult, and she made us work so hard, in analysis, in grammar, in vocabulary, in research. She took much time responding to my writing and gave me the support to believe that I could do something worth reading. It’s been years, but I still remember some of her lessons. They have carried me through college and a long teaching career. I am grateful!

  • 2. Michelle  |  April 26th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I, too, have many teachers that paved the way from elementary school to junior high to high school. However, my freshman year in college . . . I had a teacher who viewed me as a deep thinker and writer. She saw more than I ever thought I had inside. She stretched and pulled and challenged my thinking. She shared her time; she opened my eyes; she held the key. I hold the confidence of a writer today because of her.

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