Teachers can leave a lifelong impact on the lives of their students. Even from a young age, students remember their teachers and the many experiences that they had within the classroom. I'm sure that everyone can think of a teacher who has impacted them in a positive way, and that is what we want to highlight! We asked some of the student ambassadors about their favorite teachers and the impact that they had on them and this is what they said:
Megan Brinton: "One of my favorite teachers was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Patrick. She was OBSESSED with everything Disney and it was obvious walking into her classroom solely based off of her decorations. Every time she went to Disneyland she would come back with a bunch of fun prizes to auction off in class with fake money that we could earn. I could tell how much she cared about each of her students individually and she made learning so fun. When I graduated high school she sent me a graduation gift and we still keep in touch! She made such a positive impact in my life."
Melanie Sanchez: "My high school AP Spanish teacher taught me the meaning of being a loving teacher. When I was a senior in high school, my teacher moved mountains so that I was able to obtain my seal of biliteracy in the state of California and receive equality in my classrooms. I had already taken three years of French but my school was no longer able to offer the class. My AP Spanish teacher did not think it was fair that I could not obtain my biliteracy seal in French, so she made it possible for me to obtain it in Spanish! Not only did she teach me that I could move mountains if I put my mind to it, but she also taught me never to allow anyone to make me think less of myself. She taught me that equality is the best place for students to learn and feel welcome when it can be difficult at home. The traits of love, encouragement, and equality are what I want to be when I become an educator."
Bethany Gold: "A teacher that really impacted me was my English teacher in my senior year of High School, Ms. Hainline. She was one of the first people who taught me that I didn't need to be perfect all the time. She taught me the importance of connection with others and introduced me to new perspectives and ways of thinking. She helped me become more tolerant and loving. She would always ask how I was doing every time I walked into her classroom, and when COVID hit, would email me out of the blue saying that she was "thinking of me up at college." She wrote me numerous letters of recommendation when I was applying for schools and scholarships and even came to the play I was in and a musical performance my friends and I created. In her class we would have difficult conversations about literature. We would do yoga and write poems. We would meditate and go on walks. She helped me develop my writing voice and influenced the books I read. One day she handed me a list of her favorite novels of all time. I still have that list, sitting in my drawer - a sweet reminder of my time with her. I would not be who I am today without her influence all those years ago."
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