The Power of a Teacher

Inspirational phrase for teacher appreciation

By Amy Hoffman

One of my first loves was my kindergarten teacher. Ms. Lemon was always kind and taught me all kinds of important things. I learned how to share when using the easel and how to wait my turn when it was time to go outside. I learned that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches tasted a little better when mini marshmallows and Rice Krispies were mixed in with the peanut butter. When one of my friends had a bathroom accident, I learned that dramatic play clothing could be worn as real clothing and that accidents weren’t something to be embarrassed about. I learned that I was important as an individual; when she realized that I already knew how to read, she provided me with books to read while the rest of the kids were learning their letters. I learned the value of patriotism; she taught us 5 real patriotic songs (e.g., “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful”). And she gave the best hugs.

I lived in a small town, so I would run into her from time to time as I progressed through my public schooling, and she was always eager to hear what I was learning and about other elements of my life. She always cared, and she showed this by listening. One of my prized possessions is a card that I received from her when I graduated from college; I couldn’t believe that she kept track of me even after I left home!

Ms. Lemon was one of the main reasons why I chose to be a teacher. My hope was that I would make a lasting impact on at least one child during my years of teaching preschool. And I few years ago, I discovered that I did! I was at a local restaurant when the hostess asked, “Are you Miss Hoffman?” I responded in the affirmative and she told me her name. After I finished exclaiming about how excited I was to see her again, she said, “You were the best teacher I ever had. I’m in college to be a teacher, and I want to be one just like you were.” Talk about humbling moments in life!

Do you have a teacher who made an impact on you and inspired you to become a person who invests in the lives of children? If you can find her, send her a letter or a card, or post about him on social media. Maybe one day one of your students will say the same thing about you. If you have any stories to share, you can leave a note in the “Comments” section.


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