National Teacher Appreciation Week

We love and appreciate teachers. Each of us has been a student and we all know how hard teachers work and the impact they can have on our lives.

It’s officially National Teacher Appreciation Week. We try to thank every teacher every day by doing what we do. But we also thought that this week we’d share some of our personal stories about teachers that have made a difference in our lives. From us to you, thank you!

Mrs. Donohue Nadeau and Mr. Nadeau
Ryan Bowse
While it has been just over 20 years since I was their student I can say with the utmost confidence that I would not be where I am today if it were not for Mrs. Donohue Nadeau and Mr. Nadeau. Both had a positive impact on my academic and personal growth in school. They made learning interesting, personal and enjoyable. Both were committed to my own discovery of learning. Their unwavering commitment to help me succeed is something that I am extremely grateful for in my adult life. These two teachers made a huge impact on my life and I hope they know their fantastic work has not gone unnoticed. Mrs. Donohue Nadeau and Mr. Nadeau thank you. Thank you for being fantastic teachers and masters in your craft!

Ms. Vander Naald
Ryan Koopmans
One day she said, “When you’re an adult this is what you’re going to remember learning in fifth grade.” Our teacher then assembled our art projects, rough spheres of construction paper, and demonstrated the orbits of the planets: all in one plane, moving in the same direction, at different speeds, around the tremendously larger mass of the sun. You were right, Ms. Vander Naald, that is the one thing I remember distinctly. Of course you taught me much more, things that sunk in so deeply I would never stop to think where or how I learned them. Thank you for your inventiveness and your foresight.

Professor Richard Ivry
Max Dobrusin
If I were put in charge of the task of “fusing” together the best qualities of a teacher and creating a “Frankenstein Instructor”, Professor Ivry would be the prototype. Professor Ivry is, and will always be, a great inspiration in my life. He is as enthusiastic now as he was when he first started teaching…I assume – simply because I can’t imagine that a higher level of passion for a field of study exists. I strongly remember his ability to encourage participation by illustrating concepts head-on. How many students can say that their teacher used Transcranial Stimulation on himself to show its affects on the motor-cortex? Strangely, I am also reminded of Professor Ivry’s hard (but fair!) tests, which were meticulously constructed to include ALL of the material covered, and which required a student to not only memorize facts – but to also be able to think critically and apply learned concepts. Professor Ivry, thank you for being a great instructor and for instilling in me a thirst for knowledge!

Mr. Plitt
Wendy Gorton
I loved writing long-winded romance/detective stories in middle-school, full of cliches and run-on sentences and thought maybe I’d be the next great American novelist. Mr. Plitt’s creative writing class was workshoppy and full of collaboration, and he was the kind of educator that would take a folder of 70 pages and actually read them all on the weekend and give me detailed notes as though I were a New York Times Bestselling author. And you know what? He totally made me feel like one. Go Mr. Plitt and go all awesome teachers!

Ms. Sok
Eric Ablett
Ms. Sok, was one of my history teachers back in high school and the first teacher I truly considered a friend. She specialized in humanizing historical figures and movements, placing an importance on what lessons we took away from the classroom as well as how we used that knowledge to better ourselves and our environment. It was an empowering moment when I realized that, one day, a chapter about the time we were living in would become a history lesson for future generations. To an undeterred optimist with an outlook on life and learning that I continually aspire to have myself, thank you Ms. Sok!

Jeff Hanke
I went to one of those middle schools where you call teachers by their first names. All the teachers were awesome, but David in particular stood out for me. He was the Math and PE teacher, in addition to being the Ultimate Frisbee coach. I’d always been interested in math, and David turned that interest into understanding. He was also responsible for my life-long (so far) love of Ultimate Frisbee. I don’t play as often as I used to, but I try to get in at least a couple of pick-up games every month. Thanks for everything, David!

Mr. Baron, Mrs. Harley, Ms. Reetz
James Byers
I was lucky to have many inspirational teachers. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade triumvirate of Mr. Baron, Mrs. Harley, and Ms. Reetz were particularly memorable. Mr. Baron taught us how to play chess, and in the process how to think about winning and losing in real life. Mrs. Harley opened our eyes to the world around us with a wonderful sense of humor. Ms. Reetz demanded and got our very best, leaving every one of us with our standards raised. I’m thankful to them and to all teachers who dedicate their lives to their students.

Mr. Schwartz
Adam Frey
There were only two of us who wanted to study computer science at my high school. But Mr. Schwartz taught the class with passion nonetheless. He took time to understand what we were looking for and helped us navigate a broad subject to get us where we wanted to go. On reflection, that was as much about learning about ourselves as it was learning about the fetch execute cycle. We both went on to degrees in computer science which heavily informed our career and lives. Thank you Mr. Schwartz. And thank you to every teacher I ever had who helped me become the person I am.

Thank a teacher today.

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  1. Ishola A. SALAMI
    Posted May 11, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I am so happy to read this message not only because I am a teacher but because I am one of those people Teachers changed their lives. I would have been nowhere if not for my teachers. Based on this, I will like to appreciate the following teachers right from primary school to the University:
    Mr. Ajaino, Mr. Ikupolusi, Mr. Odidi (Primary School)
    Mr. Akinmade, Mr. Bob, (secondary School)
    Mr. Femi Olusanya, Mr. Amusan, Mrs. Sulaiman, Mrs Oransanye Mr. Arigbabu (College)
    Dr. Babarinde, Dr. Ayo Hammed, Dr. Oyesoji Aremu, Dr. Ayotola Aremu, Dr. Esther Oduolowu, Dr. Adedoja, Dr. Akinsola (University)
    Thank you All

  2. kadir demir
    Posted May 13, 2012 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    On reflection, that was as much about learning about ourselves as it was learning about the fetch execute cycle. We both went on to degrees in computer science which heavily informed our career and lives. Thank you Mr. Schwartz. And thank you to every teacher I ever had who helped me become the person I am.

  3. Rinki Goel
    Posted May 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    This message is for our Vice-Principal mam Mrs. Mangala Vaid. I get lots of inspiration from her. she is my ideal. i want to be like her one day. I’ve never come across such a dedicated and magnificent person in my whole life.May God bless her with good health and long life. May all her wishes come true.

  4. Rodney Keith Green
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    thankin my teacher mr. anderson 2cool a-wezzy

  5. Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    i thank you to and thank you for being appreciaded to all of us

  6. Posted May 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Estoy muy contento porque empiezo a utilizar y a crear wiky y es importante interactuar con las tecnologias de este momento para interactuar de manera educativa. saludos y felicidades.

  7. Martin Laban
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I am totally convined that every teacher has something interesting to give and learn every day and the most important is that the teacher is looking for something new to give the others .
    I am an English teacher for a public school in Piura Peru and I am proud of it.

  8. Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    I´m an English teacher from Argentina and I´m in my sixties, but as I love teaching I try to offer to my stdts everything they can enjoy everyday. Life is that ENJOYMENT

  9. Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    I´d like my students to enjoy my clases more ! I´m in my sixties but I think they need different things to make their classes more enjoyable! I love them!

    Posted June 3, 2012 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    I like to study pedagogical scenario to become one of its shareholders internationally in order to progress of education.                                          Thanks

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