An educator’s influence- why are teachers/tutors/coaches so important?

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Hey guys!

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.

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10 thoughts on “An educator’s influence- why are teachers/tutors/coaches so important?”

Henderson

No, I was never rejected by an educator before. In fact,I had great time with a number of my teachers back in school because they always liked me. They wanted to help every child and it was very nice. I feel like today, it will be very hard to find a teacher that will speak to a child badly about their inabilities. Everyone wants the kids to move forward today. This is a very nice post and I agree with you.

    admin

    Thank you Henderson! I can understand where you’re coming from when you say that there aren’t many teachers today who would discourage their student by criticizing their abilities (mostly because I believe they’re afraid of the backlash haha) and also because they know that there is potential in each of their children, even the ones with learning disabilities. 

Paul

Thanks for sharing this inspiring post. Indeed, teachers play an important role in everyone’s life.

A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Adams

When the teacher is passionate about his/her teaching career he/she influence the pupils in a greater deal. I have come across teachers who consider their teaching career as a burden and looking it as just a job. They never going to make big difference in anyone’s life.

I am glad to know you got some great teachers and I do have some great teachers in my life. Their teachings created a big impact in my life and I am grateful to them.

    Tyranique Thurston

    That is a lovely quote Paul!! I think I will use it in future posts. It’s awesome to see that you have been impacted by some great teachers as well! Thank you for taking the time to read and join in on the discussion 🙂

John

This is very true, out=r teachers and tutors are a very important part of our lives and we should really embrace that fact because, without them, there are so many things that one cannot know. One other person that I know that was talked down by his teacher was Mohammed Alli, he also had to face the wrath of a bad teacher. This is a very good post with a well-deserved appraisal of our teachers. Nice work!

    Tyranique Thurston

    Thank you so much John! Wow even Muhammed had faced heart wrenching criticism in his youth. Its always amazing to learn how many times people have been underestimated in their past lives. I truely love hearing about them.

    Thank you for sharing John!

Shifts

Very interesting topic!

I can still remember vividly when I was in primary school (primary 5to be precise), I was having issue with Roman figure. I couldn’t understand how the figures got their translation in numbers (for example vi is 6, ix is 9 etc). My teacher then, Miss Helen dealt with me so terribly in front of my class mates.

I thought she was being wicked. She forced me to understand Roman figure and today I have good knowledge about it. She is such an intelligent lady.

Best regards!

    Tyranique Thurston

    Haha it’s always the seemingly overly strict teachers that gets overlooked as well because their methods aren’t very loving. It reminds me of a math teacher I had in highschool where we all thought her attitude was stink (which it honestly was) and that her method of doing corrections was a bit much. 

    Let me tell you. Those corrections were EVERYTHING because you not only corrected your mistake, you were able to see why and how you went wrong. 

    Thank you so much for taking the time to add to the discussion!

Techie

Hi there. The role of teachers, tutors and mentors cannot be overemphasized.

I am excited to see that you are a singer Just like me. I was a very shy, cool and quiet boy before (still shy a bit anyways, but I’ve improved greatly). Before I got admission for my National Diploma, I was playing the drums but when I got admission, I joined the choir in my fellowship because I have this big dream of becoming a superstar 😊.

Back then, we had a music tutor named Mr Dennis, a student like me. He really helped me then because I was always on the backup microphone. As a matter of fact, he taught us so well and I was considered the best tenor backup singer in the fellowship. This has helped my speech, my courage and confidence and I was able to face a large crowd.

Today I have some great music composition although I have not gone to the studio yet but I hear people singing my songs. This is so inspiring and I thank God for this privilege. God bless Mr Dennis for me.

    Tyranique Thurston

    Techie I can completely relate to you. I’m still shy and reserved at times myself. and Im so happy to see another singer on this site!!!! 

    I’m looking forward to see your name in billboard charts around the world!

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