Ever have a teacher who inspired you?

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Every teacher that forced me to figure it out on my own, inspired me.

My 5th grade teacher inspired me. Her name is Alma Amaker and I was a kid trying to write left-handed in a right-handed world. Back then left-handers had to twist and curve the hand around to write "properly". She helped me by encouraging me to write in a method that made me feel comfortable but also to write legibly. She was also my first African-American teacher in an elementary school that was predominantly white and it helped me to see that visual differences between people mean nothing.

My 6th & 8th grade English teacher Mrs. Diane Barry, who didn't spend too much time trying to persuade a precocious reader that "Dune" was too much for a 6th grade book report

And you, Arley, were a wonderful student, one of those big thinkers who sought to change the world, and I have no doubt that you are doing just that. Ms. Crandall

A sophmore teacher that actually took the time to praise a paper I had written. Ain't it something that such a simple thing can leave such an indelible mark on ones life. He didn't just write a note in the margin but sat me down after class and explained why all the praise. Oh the little things.

I think I would have to say my first two teachers (parents) inspired and supported me the most.

I would hope that todays parents look to inspire and support their children in the education process, so that professional teachers have classrooms full of motivated students on their hands, and not know what to do with all of them.

Better question- "Have you ever had a student who inspired you?"