I don’t think the world would have been ready for me wearing spandex. Had certain teachers not intervened over the course of my youth, I probably would have become a supervillain with a hunger to horde the world’s chocolate supply.
I was a good student, but the knock against me growing up was participation. Many teachers over the years urged me to participate more. A few teachers got me to break out of my shell.
Business teacher Cynthia Twisdale got me comfortable enough to join Future Business Leaders of America and win some confidence-boosting awards. English teacher Carol Dover helped me take writing more seriously, while typing teacher Kay Copley connected me with the county newspaper editor, propelling me toward this path.
As we approach the final stretch of the 2018-19 school year, we at Union County Weekly want to give graduating seniors an opportunity to thank teachers that played important roles in their lives.
Send us a letter of up to 300 words on how a teacher, administrator, coach, club adviser or staff member at school helped influence you and we’ll publish the best ones in a special graduation-themed edition of The Weekly. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best part is you don’t have to double-space it or follow that annoying MLA style.
I’ve never heard an educator say, “I’m going to pursue a career in teaching, so I can accumulate vast riches and command a classroom of 30 children.” Usually, people that go into education find fulfillment in shaping future citizens.
In my case, they ruined my evil plan to take over the world. I’m sure there’s a more positive way to spin that.