In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Edmodo employees are sharing personal stories of teachers from their past—stories to show you that everything you do leaves a lasting impression years (sometimes decades) later.
Before joining Edmodo, like many on our team, I was a classroom teacher. I worked at a very large high school in Los Angeles with some pretty incredible students and staff. But what I found most incredible was the time I spent with the five teachers with whom I collaborated daily: the same teachers with whom I spent my 12:07-12:37 lunch break, the teachers who accompanied me to various athletic events and prom, the teachers who walked with me to the corner donut shop during conference periods, the teachers who played Frisbee in the hall with me after the students went home every Friday afternoon, the teachers who stayed after school with me to plan our science demos (and set off the fire alarm), and the teachers who got to know my teaching style and personality best.
Even though some of us are no longer teaching at the same school, this team still inspires me every day. The creativity I saw in their lesson plans inspired me to find ingenuity that I did not know existed. The stories and laughs we shared got us through some of the hardest and most stressful of days. And the donuts were delicious. Did I mention that we sometimes got frozen yogurt?
The passion these teachers brought to our school was contagious; that much was very clear among our busy hallways and in our community. Working so closely together with these five teachers instilled in me the value and power of collaboration. Together, we built off each other’s strengths and improved upon our weaknesses. I can assure you the late night grading sessions and the back-to-school lesson planning parties were much more manageable because we did it together.
While I know the school year is wrapping up, I hope you can continue to work with those people who inspire you everyday: your co-workers, students, family, or those who share your ever-so-short lunch period. I know it made a big impact on my teaching experience and I hope it does on yours.
For Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to highlight Mr. Ochi, Ms. Yee, Ms. Anderson, Mr. Choi, and Ms. Tison for inspiring me every day and being a part of my team. We are all lucky to have people like you!