Anyone who teaches knows all the little "teacher quotes" that get printed everywhere (i.e. To teach is to touch a life forever) and this little reunion really confirms it for me. I remember every teacher I've ever had, from kindergarten to graduate school, but I thought that was just me. (You know, being a nerd and all!) But, now I see maybe it's not just me. This is going to make me re-examine my teaching, and the kind of impact I want to make on my students. I've always been blessed with students who come back to see me year after year, telling me I was always their favorite teacher and so on. But, I never really stopped to think about the actual impact I may have had on their lives. I just always assumed they were coming because I was still there (not so common in the Hell-Hole) and I always enjoyed their visits. Let's face it, it's definitely a stroke for the ego to hear those nice things about yourself. But, now I'm thinking, happily, those things may actually be true! Maybe I have had a positive impact on their lives. At least I hope so, as that's what I've dedicated my life to doing.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ---Henry Brooks Adams