Today is World Teachers’ Days. I have always wanted to be a nurse, and I have always wanted to teach. I get to do both.
Teachers help plant the seeds of knowledge that get us started on the journey that is our life. As young children we may spend more waking hours with our teachers that we do our parents.
I had several elementary school teachers who made an impact on me. I remember Mr. Coon was playing his banjo for us in class when new broke about JFK’s assassination. I’m not sure I had ever seen a man cry before. Mr. Bagley, in 5th grade was the first person to ever tell me I had potential of any kind. Mrs. Rakestraw in middle school was called evil names behind her back, but she proved herself a kind and gentle soul who encouraged students to give their all. Her love of language, spoken and written, have stayed with me these many years.
In nursing school I had some wonderful instructors who were not only dedicated nurses but incredible educators. Their examples helped build the foundation that is both my nursing practice and teaching platform.
So, today, if you are a teacher – know that you are appreciated. If you know a teacher – thank them. Whatever you do today (read, write, balance a checkbook, drive, cook, etc) remember the person who taught you and helped shape you.