The Norman School District honored its top teachers Wednesday at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast.
Teachers selected from each district school for the Teacher of the Year competition were recognized. The competition's winner will be announced in the spring.
All those exemplary teachers got me to thinking about some of my teachers through the years, and how they influenced me.
My college adviser, J.C. Casey, had a big impact on my life. She was a mentor and friend. She encouraged me to consider journalism as a career.
My high school math teacher, Kathy Cloud, took the time to explain math to me in a way I could actually understand. I'd struggled with math until I got in Cloud's classes. She gave me the confidence to realize I could do it.
My first-grade teacher, Darlene Dryden, held me back. Now, most people wouldn't remember the teacher that kept them back a grade fondly, but Dryden has always been my favorite teacher.
I was the youngest person in my class and very shy. She thought I needed another year to mature before moving on to second grade. She didn't make me feel stupid for having to repeat the grade. She made me feel special. I think I was her favorite, too.
My senior year of high school, right before graduation, I wrote Dryden a note letting her know that I'd become a good student and was going to college and that she'd had a part in that. I'm glad I did. She died far too young from cancer a few years after that.
The Norman teachers honored Wednesday are just a few of the many who are in the classrooms every day making differences in their students' lives. They may not even know the positive impact they're having.
I know it's not an easy job, but teachers, just remember that you're a Mrs. Dryden to somebody.
2010-02-03 22:37 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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