If you asked men and women to look back at who the most influential people in their lives were, other than their parents, the great majority of respondents would say a teacher or coach.
Teachers and coaches are a uniquely-talented group, trying to make a difference in young people’s lives every day. When you think back to your school days, when you were really trying to find out who you were and what you were going to become, think how many times a teacher or coach helped direct your path toward success.
Heroes to many
Teachers and coaches are people who work incredibly hard, often for much less pay than they deserve given the level of responsibility (our children) and commitment. They are truly the working class heroes in our society. They care. They are concerned. They inspire and, when necessary, they discipline. They don’t ask for praise or credit; they just show up every day working hard to change young people’s lives. They prepare students to become good family leaders and providers, outstanding professionals and people that care about others.
But I think the most important aspect of a teacher or coach is that they have a sort of superpower — the ability to see a young student’s or athlete’s talents, capabilities and skills, that oftentimes the student themselves are unable to see or recognize. Perhaps through a talk, by setting an example, making a simple suggestion or just providing needed attention can make all the difference in the life of a student.
So when you reflect back on your life and your successes, remember that special teacher or coach that took time with you that made a difference. Everyone can name that teacher or coach now. You know who they are. Look them up if you can and say thanks. Write them a note and tell them how incredible you thought they were. Teaching or coaching in the past or today, they are the heroes that make our community better every day.
My favorite teachers were Mrs. Czerniak and Sister Cabrini
they taught Seventh and Eighth grade at St. Patrick of Heather Downs back 1960’s . They were incredible teachers that were encouragers . They inspired. They made you believe and
understand your potential.
Miss Krone, my third grade teacher, was so much fun — a unique quality for a teacher in 1966. OR Fred Marlo, my high school newspaper advisor. If only he could see me edit now. He taught me that the term deadline means, if you don’t make it, you’re dead.
I have to say Paul Michalak and Harry Hall from Bedford High School. One let me leave in my Junior year as a member of DECA (fun times) and the other one made me stay so I could graduate!!! You know who you are!
Mr. Thomas, my honors English teacher at Whitmer Highschool in the 90s. He used to dress up as Walt Whitman and Captain Ahab. He really brought literature to life.
Jean Baxter Whitney High School – Distributive Education, she was a marketing genius, a feminist ahead of her time and took the time to make sure everyone had the tools for success.