Every single day, teachers are going above and beyond the standard to change and improve lives. Think about how much you know - think about what your life would be like without teachers having been in it.
I've been fortunate to learn from some truly amazing teachers in my life. I had some elementary school teachers I'll never ever forget - my second grade math teacher refused to let me believe I didn't need math in my life. My fourth grade teacher could have read you a phone book - everything that came out of her mouth teemed with passion and I was excited she'd changed over to sixth grade by the time I got there so I could have her again.
In high school, my 11th grade U.S. History teacher was one of my heroes. I loved going to that class. How does someone make the Watergate Scandal so interesting to a 17 year old? I'm approaching 35 and I still remember that stuff... And he was the best sport ever when I needed a great April Fool's Day prank to play on my dad. We still tell the story of the fake detention slip he sent home with me and how that played out... I'll spare you the long story but it's a family legend now... My 12th grade English teacher is the reason I became a writer. When he pulled me aside to tell me I'd earned the highest grade in our class on the final term paper and congratulate me, there was no better feeling. And I could only have managed that feat because of how he taught me to write. Every principle I hold dear with regard to writing comes from that class. Not even from my writing classes at NYU and USC -- which were wonderful building blocks -- it all started in that classroom.
I could go on but I'm sure you can tell - I love teachers. I love what they do and what they stand for. I've long maintained they are undervalued and underpaid. Teachers spend money every year out of their own pocket, especially in underfunded areas. You wouldn't believe some of the innovative things going on in classrooms today! So I was really excited to read that Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students. They are travelling the country to meet these individuals and bring them to our attentions. And I am happy to shine a spotlight on one of them, David Vixie:
Can you imagine being 13 and getting to learn from this guy?! I get chills. I want to go sit in that classroom. Why shouldn't school be an adventure?
If a teacher has ever touched your life in some way, I hope you'll go to the Teachers Change Lives website to learn more about all of these courageous people, how they fight the good fight for us and how you can help. You can adopt a classroom and donate to teachers or, if you're a teacher yourself, register your classroom. The best part is, when teachers buy their supplies from Office Depot with the money you've kindly donated, you'll also be updated on the impact your donation has made on the lives of the students!
THANK YOU, teachers and thank you, Office Depot for this program. It is an amazing thing you do.
COMMENT BELOW! Who were the teachers that touched your life the most?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.