Teachers Are Heroes

An obvious statement, I know, but I had some field evidence today.  I went down to Karen’s classroom to listen to the kids present their “published’ work and then read them a book.  It really struck me how much of a hero she is to them.  Every kid is bedazzled by her.  She waves her wand (literally) and they are locked onto her, waiting for what’s next.  They’re highly motivated to learn because she is so generous in her praise.  What they don’t get to see is how excited she is at home when she’s reading their stories and the letters are all in the right order and he sentences are almost exactly right.  She’s a hero to them and to me.  More than likely she is to the kids’ parents too.

Mr. Diamond was my standout teacher in primary school.  He taught me in grade six and came over to my house after school had ended because I was heading to a different city and different school.  He knew how nervous I was and actually took the time to come and talk to me.  He always had a smile and he really seemed to enjoy being with us at school.  And he played the accordian in class!  How on earth did we think he was cool?

Who were the hero-teachers in your schooling life?  Let everyone read about them in the comments.

4 Responses to Teachers Are Heroes

  1. Lindsey Halcrow January 24, 2007 at 7:22 pm #

    I was extremely lucky throughout my public education to have had so many teachers who were heroes to me. Beginning in elementary school and continuing throughout highschool, my teachers were always such a huge support system for me. I think the difference between the teachers who were my heroes and those who were not is the degree to which they cared and believed in me.
    One of the individuals who profoundly effected me was my highschool history teacher, Mr. Frenkel. Not only was he a man who obviously cared about my well-being, but he was so excited about history and was able to make it exciting and relevent. He had this energy that made the entire class want to learn. He was also the type of person that was approachable and every day students would wander into his room to talk about their lives and he always had time to listen.
    To this day, I still keep in touch with him, and he cares as much as he always has. Now, as I am working on becoming a teacher I find that he has been more inspiring to me than I could have ever imagined. I hope that one day I will be the kind of teacher, the kind of hero, that will assist others on their own journey.

  2. pistolpete March 24, 2007 at 12:36 pm #

    Funny, I was just writing in my blog about a wonderful man to from a group called “Youth for Christ” remembering someone he had mentored 30 years earlier.

    The teacher who had the greatest impact on me actually did so as a tennis coach. He encouraged me to set high goals, then work to achieve them. He believed I had great potential at a time I didn’t think I was worth much. Thanks, Coach Steinhagen.

    And thank you, Matt, for giving us an opportunity to remember and give thanks.

  3. mai tokiyama November 23, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    im sorry i cant understand of ur state oof teachers is a heroes

  4. anne pamesa October 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Well, with regards to the celebration of the World’s Teachers Day….I just wanna show my appreciation to TEACHERS for bringing out the best in every child! Indeed, your heroes in your own little ways……