Written by Cole Livings, AmeriCorps member proudly serving on the Claiborne Elementary School team. 

The month of May is filled with special days and events like Cinco De Mayo and graduation, and May is also when we honor special people: mothers, teachers, and the men and women who have fought for our country. This year, May 4th - 8th is the week that teachers look forward to the most: Teacher Appreciation Week! Teacher Appreciation Week is dedicated to the amazing people that help to form the people that we grow up to be. So I asked my teammates, “Who was the teacher who had the most significant impact on your life and why?” The Claiborne Elementary team responds and gives a few shoutouts to their favorite teachers.


“It wasn't until I was in college where I found my most impactful teachers. Ms. Dot would give me extended time for tests and would give me extra help twice a week, just to see me succeed. With her support and kind nature, I officially got my first ‘A’ in a math class in college!” - Hayley Adamuska


“Summer Hamilton was the teacher that had the most impact on my life. Summer was my high school theater teacher that helped shape my view on many things. She took me in under her wing and was like my second mother at school. Summer is the teacher that everyone would treasure.” - Khadijah Simmons


“My senior year of high school I had an English teacher, Dr. Johnson, who actually motivated me to try in class. He found a way to get 17-year-olds interested in everything from Beowulf to Pride and Prejudice. He had high expectations for his whole class, and I found myself actually trying to write a decent paper - and I learned that I could write. His class is the reason I majored in English in college.” - Lindsey LaFleur


“The teacher who had the most significant impact on my life was Mrs. Lands, because she taught me how to be a leader and to always advocate for myself. She helped me better myself both inside and outside of school.” - Ty Lodge  


So remember, all you teachers out there: To the world, you may just be a teacher, but to students you are a hero!


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