A Teacher’s Purpose

As Teacher Appreciation Day arrives in May, I’ve begun reminiscing about different teachers I’ve had over time. A few great teachers that I’ve had the courtesy of conversing with are Mrs. Johnsen (all subjects and Bulletin) at Fred Williams, Mrs. Dominguez, Mrs. Ontiveros (History) at Blackstock, Mr. Rogers (English) and Mr. Cole (History) here at C.I. Not only do they teach their subjects with passion, but they also keep in mind one crucial detail: They’ve realized that they aren’t just educators but mentors as well. 

All of these teachers prepare their students in hopes that they go through life with values that guide them through the right path. One of the first interactions that a child can have at a glimpse into the real world would be with a teacher. In addition to representing the education system, teachers also represent someone of admiration and respect. Those that take the time to get to know the children while also being able to educate them well will remember the most. 

At the beginning of the school year, I was very stressed because I was worried about the outcome of my future. Mr. Rogers noticed and he gave me a pep talk that gave me the motivation to do better, all while being less hard on myself. In turn, he was one of my favorite teachers, because he, just like many other great writers, chose to look at the world with a more nuanced perspective. In turn, this led me to think about my own life and the situations that I’ve been in and look at the world through a different lens. 

I feel like if I never had these teachers, I wouldn’t have been able to grow as much as a person, especially not into the person I am today. So, I would like to thank the teachers that I’ve had over the years, but most especially the ones that took their time to be attentive.