Thank You to the Good Teachers

photo of beautiful flowerHey, good teacher.  You know who you are.

Thank you.

The fire still burns in you to educate, to make a difference, to cultivate an acorn sprout into a slightly larger acorn sprout.  

You have nothing but the hope that that acorn sprout will someday become an oak tree.

Yet you sweat to make them grow.  

The politics, the parents, even the kids.  They don’t get it.  You get frustrated.  You get tired.  You get paid crap money.  You want to give up.  

Please don’t give up.

I had good teachers.  They were few and far between.  They made all the difference.

Each good teacher was like an oasis, keeping me on track, keeping alive my belief in the value of knowledge.  

I was lucky.  I had some great teachers.  In my case, there were just enough to keep me slogging through the sand, crossing the desert to the next good teacher.  I made it to the finish line, when I learned to learn, when I could make my own oasis.

Know this.  You will not be forgotten.  

Everyone who has had a good teacher remembers him or her:  That person who made learning fun, and meaningful.  That magical person who opened the door, lit the lamp, opened the book.  That teacher who worked harder than the others, who wouldn’t give up on me, who “got” me, who was better than the others, who made me be my best.

Thank you, good teacher.  You know who you are.  

You are a maker of minds, a builder of futures, a keeper of the flame, a protector of civilization.  You are a good teacher.

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10 Responses to Thank You to the Good Teachers

  1. Michael Belk says:

    Hey Astro, I am in the middle of changing some things on my blog, the domain name is http://www.theworkingbee.com.
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  2. George says:

    I’ve reached this far all because of my teachers. I really learned a lot from them which currently I’m using in handling my career right now. I hope that my teachers will continue helping other students.
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  3. Lorena says:

    Everyone who has had a good teacher remembers him or her: That person who made learning fun, and meaningful. That magical person who opened the door, lit the lamp, opened the book. That teacher who worked harder than the others, who wouldn’t give up on me, who “got” me, who was better than the others, who made me be my best.

  4. Yes, definitely agree. Like what you said, every grade leading up to college is just as critical. When you apply for college, every experience, every activity, everything you learned, even your behavior for the past years will be measured, or at least will impact your applications in some degree.
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  5. Kazsandra says:

    You know, this post makes me remind of the greatest and ever loving teacher I had.. makes me so emotional because she already passed away and I wasn’t even aware with it until my former classmate told me..

  6. Michael Belk says:

    Astro, this is very nice that you are honoring our educators. I think everybody can think of a teacher that has been there for them. It is a thankless job and low paying. A good teacher has to be self-motivated, because no one wants to suffer a constant ridicule.
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    • AstroGremlin says:

      Michael, I hear that in Europe, public school teachers receive the kind of respect and social standing we give to university professors. I would like to see that in the United States. Every grade leading up to college is just as critical.

  7. Teachers shape the future. I am a college planner and I know how important it is for someone to finish college. But you really owe it to your teachers and professors to get the quality of education you need. Very inspiring post.
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    • AstroGremlin says:

      Felicia, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It’s interesting how we seem to take public school for granted when we are willing to pay so much for college or university attendance.

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