The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization sets aside October 5th as World Teachers’ Day. This is an annual celebration “devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world.” I want to join with others around the world in appreciating some of the teachers who influenced my development. While I am fortunate that there are many others, this is my top ten!
- Miss Mastrionni, Grade 1, Franklin Elementary, Westfield, NJ: Thank you for fostering in me a love of reading and an understanding that there is an adventure in each book!
- Phil Dietterich, Methodist Church, Westfield, NJ: Thank you for instilling in me a love for all things musical.
- Camp Arcadia, Casco, ME: Thank you for inspiring me to make the world a better place because I have been it.
- Jim Szeyller, Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NJ: Thank you for challenging me not to believe everything people tell me but to ask questions and to form my opinion.
- Mr. Grigsby, English and History, Oakwood High School, Oakwood, OH: Thank you for teaching me how to write and for showing me the importance and power of perspective.
- Mr. Slagel, Physics, Oakwood High School, Oakwood, OH: Thank you for teaching me that hard work, effort and perseverance are the keys to success.
- Karen Beckwith, Political Science, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH: Thank you for teaching me that hard work, effort and perseverance are the keys to success.
- Penn GSE: Thank you for teaching me to be guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.
- Beth Wittcoff, Principal: Thank you for believing in me, helping me to be the best teacher I could be and for teaching me about the power of our words.
- John D’Auria, Leadership Licensure Program: Thank you for teaching me the importance of culture, the art of listening and the power of the difficult conversation.
Who makes it into your top ten?
“Invest in the future. Invest in teachers.” UNESCO