I decided to segue a bit here to talk about the tremendous impact that an educator has on a child’s life.
It is well-known that an educator is the foundation of a nation because they help nurture future lawyers, doctors, politicians, athletes, and other celebrities. Just think about it. In every classroom, there exists a modern-day Picasso, Mozart, Martin Luther King Jr, etc, all because of the insistence of an educator who saw great potential in their student.
Of course, there are some terrible teachers out there who crush the passions and dreams out of a few of their students but even they help to propel these same students into greatness through their negativity and criticism. For example, Thomas Edison’s teachers all thought he was stupid, yet, he was able to invent the light bulb. There are so many other success stories like this in which a teacher thought of their student as worthless/useless in school but they became someone influential in society as an adult (I LIVE for these types of testimonies by the way).
Personally, I have had a few educators who really poured into my life. Growing up, I was always the shy, quiet kid who just sat in class and passed my tests. I never really contributed to class discussions (not until 12th grade) and I always felt like a shadow. There were a few teachers that made me feel significant in my early years such as my Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Allen and grade 2 teacher Mrs. Williamson (if I remember correctly). They made me feel significant in the class, even though I was shy and retracted.
The others existed in my college years such as my French lecturer Dr. Woolward: he was instrumental in pushing me to explore a world that was bigger than the Bahamas and I can never, ever, thank him enough. Through him, I was able to live in France for almost a year and improve my French to the level that it is today. Also, I have to include the late Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright, the former director for the College of the Bahamas Concert Choir (now University of The Bahamas Concert Choir). She was a gem. She, along with Dr. Woolward, helped to free this shy caged bird by allowing her to sing! Not just in the choir, but in duets and small group ensembles. She also made me a leader, which I never thought I was capable of becoming because I was so retracted.
I honestly can say, I would not be who I am today without the insistence, patience, understanding, and vision of these teachers/lecturers.
Tell me, who were some of your greatest influencers in education? Who were your favorite teachers and why? Has an educator ever rejected you before? Please leave your comments in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about them.
Also, don’t forget to show appreciation to your most influential mentor before it’s too late.