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Teacher Appreciation Week: Your Inspiration

Teachers impact the lives of students everyday. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked a few of our Teacher Champions to take a moment to reflect on their unique experiences in the classroom and share their thoughts by answering some questions.

Here’s what Ohio first-grade teacher and education professor Lisa Bass shared:

lisa-bass-2Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of kids and teach children to read.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d love to be able to heal sick children like our sweet Tessa from my school.

Tell a story about the funniest thing that’s happened to you in the classroom.
The funniest thing that happened in my classroom was when I tripped and fell off of a chair after telling my kids never to stand on chairs in the room.

 

Here’s what Nashville,TN language arts teacher Ryan O. Murphey  shared:

ryan-murpheyIf you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I feel that being a literature teacher is like having a superpower because you are literally time-traveling whenever you read a work of fiction, but I guess flying would be amazing!

Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?
Mr. Dan Graffagnino is still my inspiration because he was dying of cancer the year he taught me and he still brought it with class and fervor every day. It was truly incredible to watch this saint of a man do what he loved until the end.

Tell a story about the funniest thing that’s happened to you in the classroom.
Oh, there are so many, but it usually happens when a student asks me a sarcastic question and I start quoting Hamlet and I can’t stop, or I start talking about the fifth dimension or wormholes and Thoreau in the same sentence.

What advice would you give to the first-year-of-teaching version of yourself?
Just be yourself, but the youngest possible version while still being and adult because kids are young. Think “young” and it can help you embrace change.

Many teachers, just like Ryan and Lisa, make a difference in the lives of kids. Join us in celebrating them throughout this week.