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As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to share a story about my 12th grade English teacher.
At first, she wasn’t my favorite teacher, but she had this presence – like a sun that pulled us all forward with her gravity.
We were all intimidated by her. Every essay she returned to me initially came marked up in red ink.
While she was demanding of us, she was never discouraging. She showed me the beauty of structure and syntax.

She had confidence in me, and I wanted to become the writer that she knew I could be.
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As far as I’m concerned, every day should be #TeacherAppreciationDay. Their miraculous work is invaluable and their impact on our children unmistakable – even without a national crisis complicating their efforts.
Over the last two months, teachers nationwide have achieved the impossible: rewriting lesson plans in a matter of hours, rapidly mastering new technology, and devising innovative ways to keep America’s students engaged at a distance.
Congress cannot allow their reward for this inspiring show of expertise to be a furlough or a pink slip. The best way to #ThankATeacher is to ensure they and countless other workers in our communities have the support they need to continue their vital work. RT if you agree!
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#Thread What type of bottom feeding media attacks educators during a pandemic? The same one that wished a #HurricaneKatrina on #CPS. I’m guessing their goal is to remain on brand? #Trash #Covid19…
#NewFlash : Educators are real ppl. We’re experiencing #Covid19 like the rest of the world. Some of our immune systems are compromised. Some hv contracted it. Some are awaiting results. Many are taking care of family who’ve contracted it. Some have died. #InRealLife #Covid_19
3/ We are watching the body count increase daily. Some of us are making masks for 1st responders. Others hv cleared out their teacher cabinets & given sanitizer & soap to 1st responders. #Service #Covid_19 #InRealLife
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I know firsthand the difference a teacher can make in a child’s life. While I was in high school, my dad lost his job & my family relied on food stamps to get by. I remember going to the grocery store and counting out the last five food stamps to get some baloney and white bread.
Time and again, my English teacher saved me and a few other kids from going hungry by having us stay and do work after the final bell, reaching into his own pocketbook and giving us each a few dollars to get food on our way home.
As 16-year-olds we loved him, but couldn’t understand why he made us stay after school so often. Now, I understand why he made us stay so late. He was feeding us – even on a public school teacher’s salary.
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I take #TeacherAppreciationWeek very seriously myself. Not so much because of my personal experience as a teacher as my personal experience as a student. I can point to 6 specific teachers from my K-12 years who changed my life forever.
Not just this week but EVERY week, I feel compelled to #ThankATeacher:

1. Joe Harris, Elem Gifted Ed
2. Pennie Pearlman, MS Drama
3. Bill Womack, HS Health/PE
4. Lorraine Young, Algebra 1 & Geometry
5. Denie Pursley, Chemistry
6. Sandra Owens, AP Chem, Anatomy, & Microbiology
I became a teacher in order to try to give back and hopefully do for other young people what that group of teachers did for me: Inspire, motivate, love (sometimes tough love when needed), educate, encourage, counsel, and empower.
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