This Thanksgiving season, we asked the Edmodo community about teachers that have made a positive impact on their lives. We know that the Fall is a rough time for teachers, when challenges come around every corner and the rest of the school year looms large on the calendar.
But we want to share these stories with you because teachers are invaluable to our community and yours. The work they do will stay with students for years. Though not every single good act will be remembered for a lifetime, the impact of leading a class and being a positive influence in so many student lives will
Here are a few of our favorite stories from the community:
“I’m living in Spain but I come from Mali. So I had to learn a lot of new things and it wasn’t very easy. Moreover, one of the people who helped make things easier for me was my Basque language teacher Arrate. She helped me a lot in learning Basque Language and Spanish too. She was always there for me, so I’m very thankful for her. Currently we’re good friends and she is still helping me.”
– Keita, Spain
“The teacher that I am thankful for is Mrs. Anderson, my advanced Language Arts teacher and hometown teacher. She is my favorite teacher because she lets us have fun in class and she recommended me to be an Edmodo Student Ambassador. In class, when we get distracted, she will always bring us back on topic. And she also lets us eat outside at lunch sometimes with another class which is fun. All of those reasons are why I think that Mrs. Anderson is the best teacher and the teacher that I am thankful for!”
“She is tough but she is compassionate. She is strict but guides her students to be better, more responsible people. She gives criticism but it is constructive. She doesn’t hold your hand but leads you to independence and self-discipline…In her class you must always be prepared for the unexpected and prepared to work hard all the time…She pushed but not too hard to make you work at your highest level and there were times where I didn’t think I could do it but I did and she prepared me for seventh and eighth grade to be the best student I can be! Her name is Mrs. Benjamin.”
“I am thankful for all of my past and current teachers, but there is one that stands out from the rest. I would like to recognize my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Grapperhaus, the writing teacher at Silver Spur Elementary School. Writing has always been my favorite subject, but my talent and love for it grew tremendously in her class. Mrs. Grapperhaus never missed a moment to teach, but always made it fun…She would also play football with us when we finished our work early. I looked forward to her class everyday, and immediately thought of her for this recognition. I would like to thank her for all that she has done for me, and all that she continues to do for many students.”
– Haley, California
“I am thankful for my science teacher, Ms. Davies. She makes learning fun, and I always look forward to class with her. Ms. Davies has high expectations for everyone in my class including me, but she also finds ways to make us laugh and enjoy ourselves a little. Having a lifetime of knowledge at her fingertips, Ms. Davies is an inspiration to me…She also engages with us by using Edmodo, which is fantastic! Our assignments are to be turned in on Edmodo, which is great for us students…I am very thankful for her, and I appreciate every little thing she does for us to help improve our learning and our learning environment.”
– Adriana, Georgia
“I am thankful for my first grade teacher. Without her, I would never have known my true abilities, and without her, I could never be who I am today. She pushed me to work harder, faster, and longer. She challenged me to think outside of the box. She was the one who, when everything went wrong, helped me get up again. Every class, she pushed me to success. Her energy, her enthusiasm, and her dedication to her work made every class a joy. She went beyond the normal curriculum. She taught us manners and kindness. She taught us how to have fun. How to enjoy the simpler things in life. She taught us that, no matter how bad things seemed now, they would always get better. That there was always a rainbow at the end of the storm. She inspired me to take control of my destiny. She inspired me to hope, and to dream. There are no words that can describe the lengths she went to propel me to my success. So because I never told her then, I will tell her now…I want to thank my teacher for every little thing she has done for me in the past years. I want to tell her that I will always remember her. I want to say to her… Thank you, teacher.”
– Laura, Florida
Do you have any teachers that you’d like to thank? Please feel free to share a story in the comments or pass this post on to a teacher who made an impact on your life.
Entries submitted have been lightly edited for grammar, clarity, and length.