The April release has been full of some gorgeous new products and we hope the projects from the team have been beyond inspiring!  I've picked out favorites of my own, from each of the design team members, to share with you today!  Click the link next to each team member's name to see more details about the project shown here, as well as the rest of her projects from this release!  And be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post… won't want to miss out on this month's release in review CONTEST!!!



CLICK HERE to see more from Amy Sheffer.



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CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.




CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.




CLICK HERE to see more from Danielle Flanders.




CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.




CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.




CLICK HERE to see more from Laura Bassen.




CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.




CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.




CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.



As an extra special treat, a few members of the Moments Inked team are showing you how they have used some of the new April Release products in their planners!



Ashley says, "The new Bow Clips are perfect for bookmarking your Moments Inked Planner pages. Not only can I easily find a popular page, but my planner is colorful and pretty to see from the outside. Visit my blog today to also see how I've altered the way I use my planner. You won't want to miss this post!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.




Audrey says, "This month's additions to the Papertrey lineup all you to bring all the fun of felt into your planner!  Now you can create adorable bow page markers and handy pencil cases in any color of the Papertrey Ink rainbow!  Make several and change the color scheme to coordinate with each month's planner pages color scheme, or to suit your mood.  These would make great gifts too… perfect for children and adults alike!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Audrey Tokach.




Laurie says, "The new additions to the Moments Inked planner system are so much fun this month and so very versatile.  I have a couple things to share that will help you keep track of things in a more efficient way!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.




Lizzie says, "The Moments Inked line just keeps getting better and better! Each month there's something fresh and fabulous that makes my planner even more practical…and pretty too! I'm so happy to have an easy way to keep my favorite pens close at hand and the new Edged dies are already an essential that I can't seem to put away!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.




Stephanie says, "I love the fun new products this month and how well they coordinate with the Moments Inked planner! The Number Clips are perfect for keeping track of dates and times and I love that we can now incorporate felt into our planners! I am addicted to creating the adorable new Bow Clips so I can use them as bookmarks and cute little decorative elements on my pages."

CLICK HERE to see more from Stephanie Klauck.




Suzanne says, "When it comes to ways to decorate your planner, the options are endless! I used this month's goodies to create a new planner dashboard to help keep me organized as life kicks in to high gear these next few weeks. I love the decorative effect of the stitched holes in the card stock – they are a super sweet match for the super sweet April color scheme!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Suzanne Dahlberg.

Now that you have had a chance to see all of this eye candy, how about a chance to win a gift certificate to purchase some of the amazing goodies used to make them!  




$150 PTI Gift Certificate  

for you to spend however you choose!

All you have to do to enter to win is to leave a comment answering the question below…


You have until 9:30pm EST to post a comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced here, on this post, shortly before the release at 10pm EST.  Thanks for joining in our release festivities today and best of luck with the contest!


Last but not least, here are the color combos and sketches collected from some of your favorite release projects from this month!  You can pin the individual graphics or download the four page pdf below.














CLICK HERE to Download April 2015 Inspiration Cards



Congratulations, Marchelle!  Please send a note to customer service and provide them with the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to!  Thank you to everyone who shared their stories!  They are all so uplifting and really shows just how much of a lasting impression that teachers leave on our hearts.  I encourage you to possibly seek out the teacher that you posted about today and send them a card to let them know just how much they mean to you!  Enjoy the rest of your night!

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  • 1
    Victoria h says:

    Mrs chilton- she went on to become headteacher. She made me feel special and praised me for the things I did well. I went on to become a teacher.

  • 2
    Suzy Girl says:

    Mrs. Little as she went out of her way to help me and everyone else and was very gracious.

  • 3
    Carol (HB) says:

    It was actually my son’s Pre-School teacher, Mrs. Hartman. She talked to him about being humble. That conversation resonated with him his whole life – well into adult hood and now he’s such a compassionate, giving young man.

  • 4
    Kathy W says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Miss Wolfe. She helped me transition schools and customized my learning so that I was always challenged.

  • 5
    Nussy says:

    Mrs. Grandfield took me under her wing and made a very hard year easier.

  • 6
    Dinorah says:

    Mrs. Handlon, 2nd grade teacher. She was very special to me because she believed in me and always encouraged me. Spanish was my first language and I could not read English but Mrs. Handlon was who taught me to read English and I excelled. Thanks to her I passed to the 3rd grade. The No Child Left Behind Act did not exist at that time.

  • 7
    Sherry G says:

    Miss Stuck encouraged me to become a teacher and sponsored our high school’s Future Teachers Club. As members of the club, we were given many opportunities to explore teaching careers, and I eventually became a teacher.

  • 8

    Mrs McCalister, she was a strict no nonsense teacher with a huge heart. I moved to a new town and she helped me settle in and kept on at me until my handwriting became legible. She was also a huge part of our church and on retreats she was loads of fun and was awesome at teaching us moral lessons without us feeling we were being taught.

  • 9
    Carol says:

    Mrs Thomson my middle school teacher, she was always praising and encouraging students. When my children had her she did the same for them.

  • 10
    Sue Ann says:

    Mrs. Barnes without a doubt ~ the kindergarten teacher all of my kiddies have been blessed to experience. If you look up kindergarten teacher her photo will be there. She knows how to bring the best out in children and teaches them how to listen and follow rules. She is tough on the outside but a big teddy bear on the inside

  • 11
    Deepa Lakshman says:

    Mrs.Krishnaswamy’sway of teaching Math just resonated with me. I never thought I would do well with all the competition in India, but yet I did. It is another thing that I did not go onto major in Math but I became a teacher and strived for the same patient way that my teacher taught me.

  • 12
    Erin says:

    My 4th grade teacher, Ms. Thompson. She poured out love on all her students. I’ll never forget her!!

  • 13
    Carrie_Crafts says:

    I was blessed with several wonderful teachers, but the most inspirational was my art teacher. He was passionate about art and really encouraged his students to grow their love for art. Thanks, Mr. Wallace!

  • 14
    Lori Cullen says:

    I just adored my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Harding. She was the unique combination of demanding and fun. We worked especially hard in her teading group!

  • 15
    Karen says:

    Mrs. Macklin, a professor my sophomore and junior years who went above and beyond. The work/study requirements in her class solidified my desire to become a special education teacher. She was also a fabulous counselor who helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life.

  • 16

    My most inspirational teacher was my mom. She was a kindergarten teacher in a private school and I was even able to work alongside her in college. But, having her live her last few years with us and watching her teach and inspire my children was her greatest gift to me. My siblings and I and my 2 children have an enormous love for reading that she cultivated. She listened to us and them and taught me to hear my kids when they spoke. She taught me to listen beyond the words they used to the message they are sending. I was blessed beyond words to have her in my life.

  • 17
    Jayell says:

    I don’t think any particular teacher had a big influence on my. However, I see how my kids teachers have had an impact on them, especially my son’s current teacher who has really helped inspire confidence and independence in him.

  • 18
    Liz says:

    The most inspirational teacher I had in school was Mr Handreck. He was strict, but caring; passionate about his subjects (science, biology & geography) with that ability to pass on his passion to his students; and he was also really encouraging. A teacher that made a difference.

  • 19
    Isabel Z says:

    My high school physics teacher because even though I struggled, she never gave up on me.

  • 20
    Shirley-bee says:

    My English teacher, Mr Tromans. He really made us think for ourselves, and his lessons were peppered with fabulous blackboard drawings. He should have been an art teacher πŸ˜‰

  • 21
    Jessica Monte says:

    Wow I do not remember the teachers name. However he was awesome as I had to take government for half a year at night school because I failed a half year. I came out there with an A because he actually taught and was an amazing teacher. He taught us history on the Vietnam War. I do wish I remembered his name.

  • 22

    Mrs. Watson, she didn’t put up with my mess. At the parent/teacher conference, she told my parents everything I was and wasn’t doing. I got in so much trouble that day. Needless to say, I was her best student after that. After I graduated and joined the US Army, she was the first teacher I visited when I was home on leave. I just wanted her to know that I was doing okay. She was so proud of me.

  • 23
    Aileen Ryan says:

    Miss Ashendon was my most inspiring teacher. Profoundly deaf, she showed me that deafness was not something that should ever be considered an excuse for not being able to do something. Brilliant oral skills and fluent signer she showed me that you can go to university and achieve whatever you want no matter what the hurdles.

  • 24

    My favorite was my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Brewster. She made learning fun yet she had total command of the classroom so we all felt safe and valued. She taught us this fun “helping verb” song that I remember to this day! “Be, am, is, are, was, were…” πŸ™‚

  • 25
    cindy says:

    My 7th grade science teacher really helped encourage my love of science and the environment.

  • 26
    Jan G says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my 2 grade teacher Ms Dithline, she was so inspiring and made sure every child learned.

  • 27
    Mary M. says:

    My 12th grade English teacher was inspiring. She nurtured my love to read. She even borrowed a favorite book of mine. She was a good role model of a “grown up” who still took the time to read for fun.

  • 28
    Jamie says:

    When I was in college, I had a professor who was known for being tough, and kind of a “jerk”. Even though part of that (the tough part) was true, he pushed me to do some of my best work, even though I wanted to cry and give up.

  • 29
    Ashley Niedert says:

    My most inspirational teacher I had was my high school Orchestra teacher Mr. Tolias. He was so incredibly passionate about music and he wanted to share this love with us. He always encourage us to do our best and was always there when we needed someone to talk to. Band and Orchestra was my favorite part of each day!

  • 30
    Beth says:

    Mrs. Reeves, my 5th grade teacher. She brought out the best in me, affirmed me and believed in me. My self esteem had been pretty low up until that point, due to frequent moves, but she took me under her wing and helped me develop very good study habits that served me well, all the way through college and grad school.

  • 31
    Penny H says:

    My French teacher , we started learning at 8 years old which was brilliant and that enabled me to take my French exams 2 years early.

  • 32
    Hanne says:

    I don’t have one teacher specifically, but my Dutch teachers of high school instilled a love for language and reading in me.

    Up until today, I read books in different languages, and I keep on reading classics.
    My love for etymology has not died down either.

  • 33
    annheidel says:

    Ms. Nicastro, my 11th grade English teacher. I still have the notes of encouragement she wrote on two of my assignments. She pushed us toward excellence.

  • 34
    PattyG says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my fourth grade teacher-Mrs. Lawler. She gave me confidence by trusting me to assist a vision impaired student, in helping this student I began to trust myself and become more confident in my abilities.

  • 35
    Glorie Alvarez says:

    My 3rd grade Science teacher instilled in me the value of hard work and honesty.

  • 36
    Jo R. says:

    My Year 10 maths teacher Mr Kennedy helped me so much. I detested maths and yet, with his encouragement and patience, I finished the year with top marks.

  • 37
    Bev Karolak says:

    Mr Burns (not from the Simpsons!) was my favourite teacher in primary school! Now his son is Principal of one of our local schools. πŸ™‚

  • 38
    Lee Cockrum says:

    My elementary school librarian was fabulous. Her name was Elmira Washington. She encouraged every child to read and enjoy books. She was energetic and always full of fun.

  • 39
    Amy McCue says:

    Mr. Fred Appleyard was my AP English teacher. He taught me to love Shakespeare.

  • 40
    Julia says:

    My best and most inspirational teacher was my 7th and 8th grade math teacher, Mrs. Wisniewski. She made math fun and was able to teach so that it became easy. She inspired my love of math. I don’t know where she is today, but I hope she knows what an amazing job she did.

  • 41
    Birgit says:

    Mrs. Whitney was my second grade teacher and she was so soft spoken and very loving towards her students. I just adored her!

  • 42
    Ruth G says:

    My music teacher in middle school was wonderful! She made me feel like there was no instrument I couldn’t play and she made music so much more meaningful as well as fun!

  • 43
    Kathy D says:

    My most inspirational teacher in school was Ms. Hardman. I had her for Algebra II and Calculus. She knew her subject matter, was encouraging, told you when you were being a goof, and knew if you were trying to BS her (and would have none of it). I don’t remember her ever raising her voice in anger (only happiness and excitement). I majored in Math in college because of her.

  • 44
    Lori Campbell says:

    My grade 5 & 6 teacher, Miss Laura Smith was by far the most influential. She is solely responsible for transforming reading from being a chore to being an absolutely luxurious joy. That’s a tremendous impact to have on children and makes her an incredibly special woman.

  • 45
    Miriam Prantner says:

    My 7th grade English teacher. Mrs. Clifton, I’ve always loves to read, but she really made me look at books in a different way. She was just a really amazing person and we are still in touch today.

  • 46
    Lisa Schenck says:

    My most inspirational teacher in school was my typing teacher in business school. She worked full-time & taught classes on the side, and was such a pleasant person!

  • 47
    Seldeyak says:

    My favorite teacher was Miss Driscoll in Junior High. She encouraged everyone to have a passion for learning and to care about one another.

  • 48
    Kelly says:

    An English teacher I had in junior high actually made her homework assignments fun, she was very creative.

  • 49
    Julie C. says:

    Loved this whole release! My most inspirational teacher was Dr. Boughner, a college professor who encouraged me to try independent study courses in writing. I loved the way he taught history, and was humbled that he thought of the students and their interests beyond his classroom.

  • 50
    Emma says:

    Mrs Halliday, she made me believe that I could do a subject I wasn’t very good at.

  • 51
    Amanda says:

    Asking who my most inspiring teacher was is like asking who my favorite kid is. My kindergarden teacher who snuck me over to the first and second grade classrooms to get me better books. My first grade teacher who helped me realize being smart wasn’t a bad thing (you’d have to understand the school and environment). My third grade teacher who let me take the fourth grade math book home because it was ok to want to learn more. My fifth grade teacher who helped me find my way in a new, and very different, school. My middle school civics teacher who encouraged my independent thinking. My high school math teacher who knew what I needed to learn…there really is a right way to take math notes! My high school ROTC instructor who taught me how a tree must bend to survive a storm, and that we are just like the trees. My college political science teacher who helped me realize you can make your own shaped box for life and learning, or you can just run away from the box and enjoy the big, bad world.

    And that doesn’t count all the unofficial teachers in my life.

  • 52
    Sallie says:

    My HS Trig teacher. She had a good philosophy of life that she passed on: always strive to preservere and aim for excellence. I remember her saying day #1: “I fail no one, you fail yourselves.”

  • 53
    Julene says:

    It has to be my 8th grade science teacher Mr. Baker…he made science fun and interesting, we went on the coolest field trip to explore the Delaware Water Gap, dig for fossils and then ate at a family style restaurant with all of the 8th grade. He instilled my love of science and influenced me to go into a medical field related to science. I had always loved school as a kid and that school house stamp set and die is just the sweetest thing!

  • 54
    Kathie B says:

    In high school, Mr. Gates was my most inspirational teacher. I became a history teacher because od his inspiration…

  • 55

    I really don’t have a teacher in my life that stands out as we moved quite a bit while I was young. I am however completely inspired by my mother who went back to school once she had raised 3 children pretty much on her own and became a kindergarten teacher which she has now been for more than 20 years. Everywhere we go in her little town in Oklahoma children, students past and present, flock to her for a hug and a kind word. I’m very proud of my mom the teacher!

  • 56
    Maria C F says:

    My 5th grade teacher who taught me to believe in myself.

  • 57
    Tee Tee says:

    My high school English teacher who inspired me to become a teacher myself.

  • 58
    Sallie says:

    My HS Trig teacher, Mrs. Smith. She had a good philosophy of life that she passed on: always strive to preservere and aim for excellence. I remember her saying day #1: “I fail no one, you fail yourselves.”

  • 59
    Lexi Daniel says:

    Ms. Bierbaum was my honors English teacher. She pushed me to really learn how to learn. I still have a love of Latin roots and learning how to learn!

  • 60
    Angie says:

    My English teacher really made our class fun. She gave us a lot of tips to remember certain things.

  • 61
    sabine says:

    Most inspirational/memorable teacher was my grade 12 math teacher, Mrs.Hetherington. She was so patient and kind and actually helped me to pass!

  • 62
    Alanna says:

    What a great release. My high school social studies teacher was the best. He got to know us on a personal level and it made my freshman year a good one.

  • 63
    Ruby N says:

    my English lit teacher in 10th grade, she was really supportive of me

  • 64
    Keri says:

    The most inspirational teacher I had in school had to have been Mr. Neer. He gave me a love for art. As an elementary art teacher, he taught me the basics and taught me to love techniques. I’ve carried that with me all throughout my life.

  • 65
    Deb Else says:

    Mrs. Holevoet, my 2nd grade teacher, who later was my oldest daughter’s 1st grade teacher. She went out of her way to make sure her students had fun while learning. She had end of the year sleep overs for the whole class at her farm, and made sure that each student had fun and knew they were important.

  • 66
    Sara Mac says:

    My high school English teacher, Mrs. Costello was amazing. She had high expectations for her students and taught us to work hard.

  • 67
    Cindy O says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my high school English teacher. She gave us challenging assignments to read and learn from a wide range of literature.

  • 68
    Tami B says:

    This is a wonderful release & the projects this week were all fantastic. I had three exceptional teachers, but my favorite was Mrs. Winnie Wolfe. She was known as being the toughest & meanest teacher in the school & I think I actually cried when I found out I got her for my 5th grade year. It turns out she was retiring after that year, so I guess my class won the jackpot because we had the most fun, educational & amazing year ever.

  • 69
    Lona H says:

    I don’t remember anyone in particular But the teacher I remember the most was my first and second grade teacher. We had a combined classroom and she always pushed us to do our best.

  • 70
    Annie says:

    Sister Maria, my 5th grade teacher. She was a compassionate, caring person who was more than a teacher, she was an inspiration to her students.

  • 71
    JoAnn H says:

    I think grade 6 Mr Gannon left me with a new respect for teachers and learning.

  • 72
    Gaby says:

    My high school drama teacher….. She was amazing! Encouraging and kind. She mace learning fun. I still remember her rapping a Shakespere play. πŸ™‚

  • 73
    Margaret says:

    Mrs. Peeples, my third grade teacher. I was not a good student & she made learning fun.

  • 74
    Tammy Johnson says:

    My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Cox, because she inspired me to learn my times tables with weekly competitions. She also made learning fun!

  • 75
    Ohkat says:

    3rd grade Ms.Martin. She helped me feel safe.

  • 76
    Ohhh Snap says:

    That would have to be Mr. Keys when I was in 6th grade. He was the first male teacher I had, and he let girls who were interested play basketball intramurals along with the boys. Which during the late 60s on a military base overseas (which was kind of like living in the 50s), was nothing short of awesome. To give a sense of perspective, girls were only allowed to wear pants to school about 3 times a year. He was also a great math teacher : ).

  • 77
    Donna Gourley says:

    Mrs. Pollock, 1st grade (way back when)! She was no nonsense and strict but she taught us what we needed to learn to give us an excellent start on our educational journey.

  • 78
    Meagan says:

    Ms. Llewellyn was the most amazing teacher. She challenged but encouraged me to do my best and think outside the box.

  • 79
    Helen Cole says:

    My senior art teacher gave me the inspiration to explore my creative side – I haven’t looked back yet!

  • 80
    Mary Anne Perlmutter says:

    Mrs. English my kindergarten teacher. She was so helpful to make me feel comfortable in school. I was very shy because I had bright curly orange hair and everyone use to touch my hair. I didn’t like the attention.

  • 81
    Kristie G. says:

    My home economics teacher. She loved her students!

  • 82
    Diane Anthony says:

    My all time favorite teacher was my 3rd grade teacher Miss Chalene. She read the best read alouds to the class. I knew then that I wanted to be a teacher. I still am and love it!

  • 83
    Sarah white says:

    My senior year English teacher was the one who convinced me to be a teacher myself.

  • 84
    Cyndie says:

    In high school it was Miss Williams–a tiny, skinny little person who seemed about a hundred years old. But she had really high standards and expected everybody to meet them. She packed her English Literature classes with a huge amount of learning that I certainly never got from any college class I attended.

  • 85
    Katie B says:

    My high school art teacher was probably most influential. He let us pursue the type of art we were most interested in and supported us and guided us thought whatever we were doing.

  • 86
    Laurie says:

    Actually my most inspirational teacher is a non-tradional one. She was a co-worker who did so much to guide me as we worked together. Anne, you were a treasure.

  • 87
    Sandy Kay says:

    My business teacher in high school, Mrs. McElwain. She didn’t play favorites and always encouraged us to meet our full potential.

  • 88
    Dgolly says:

    What a great release! Thanks. My art teacher was my inspiration. She asked me to think outside the box and gave me confidence in my ideas.

  • 89
    Carrie Tatreau says:

    Mrs. Covert, who was my 7th & 8th grade teacher, was the most influential teacher in my life, and I was lucky enough to run into her while I was in college and tell her so. She was strict, but she was fair. She taught me a lesson in responsibility that I have never forgotten.

  • 90

    My senior English teacher, Mr. Lentz, taught me to quit focusing on grades and start focusing on my love of learning. Mid-year, after I’d turned in an excellent paper on Milton, he gave me an A for the rest of the year and then said, “Now, write like this for something other than the grade.” His faith in my ability completely shifted the focus of my education, and I can’t thank him enough for that blessing that carried me through college, graduate school, and every day since!

  • 91

    Ms Daly was my most inspirational teacher because she made me feel like I was awesome! She was a teacher for a required course that had little to do with my major but her encouragement helped me believe in myself. Thank you Teacher!

  • 92
    Sue S says:

    My fifth grade teacher, Sister Arthur. She made you feel special everyday. She showed her kindness when I slipped on the ice on the playground and cut my eyebrow open with my glasses. She was so gentle I didn’t know it was bad enough to need stitches!

  • 93
    TeresaRP says:

    Mrs. Parish was my 5th grade teacher. She had a pet monkey and every Thursday she would wear a black skirt and a beautiful red blouse. She was the kindest teacher I had and after 45 years I can still see her kind face.

  • 94
    carol says:

    Mr. Kelly, my high school English teacher, inspired me, not only to cultivate a love for reading, but to become an English teacher myself. He was fun, fair, quirky and oh, so so so brilliant! He knew how to ignite passion!

  • 95
    Rebecca B. from FL says:

    My daughters Kindergarten teacher Ms. A. She is not only teaching the kids with love and kindness, she is teaching us kindergartener-first-timer parents with such grace and patience.

  • 96
    Vicki A. says:

    When I was in the 7th grade, I had a team of two teachers for history. They made studying history fun. I also learned to believe in myself, a very powerful life lesson.

  • 97
    Melissa L. says:

    Wow! One teacher? Hmmmm…..there are quite a few that come to mind. I guess I’d have to say Mrs. Wilbur. She was my high school math teacher and was such an encouragement to me.

  • 98
    Kailash says:

    My 5th grade English teacher was so inspirational. He believed that we all had the potential to be brilliant and made attending his class so fun!!!

  • 99
    ktalford says:

    My favorite teacher of all time HAS to be Mrs. Jones–she is also my mom! She taught me so much at home (still does!) and was a wonderful 1st grade teacher as well, she still gets wedding/graduation invitations from former students!

  • 100
    Jenny says:

    It’s a tie between my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Griggs and my high school German teacher, Frau Barner. Both awesome teachers and inspirations for me as a teacher. I hope my students enjoy being in my classes as much as enjoyed being in theirs!

  • 101
    QP Levingston says:

    Mrs. Hardin my fifth grade teacher. She taught with zest and made you want to learn.

  • 102
    Krista F says:

    My music/choral teacher. She instilled a love of music that is still a part of my everyday life.

  • 103
    Connie P says:

    Well, I can’t remember one from my school days but I have to say that the teachers in my kids’ elementary school are outstanding. My oldest daugther struggled a lot and they were so supportive and compassionate!

  • 104
    Colleen C. says:

    My Humanities teacher – Mrs. Peck. She had a passion for the subject which she passed along to me. She inspired me to study the subject in college and I loved every minute of it. To this day I attribute my appreciation of all things art, music and architecture to her. She has had a lasting and positive impact on my life and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to take her class.

  • 105
    Karen says:

    The teacher that inspired me most was my 11th grade chemistry teacher. I loved chemistry and a science project resulted in my college major/career choice!

  • 106
    linda in nc says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr’s Kline, my 5th grade teacher. She made learning fun and inspired me to strive to always do my best no matter how small the task.

  • 107
    jamie Greene says:

    OMG that seems like forever ago! Since I can’t thing of a favorite teacher I had I will tell you my kids first grade teacher Mrs. Sullivan was the best teacher I have ever known. I was lucky enough to have her for two of my kids and they still think of her often.

  • 108
    Deb says:

    Mr. Parton. He was known for inspiring students to do well and learn information that wasn’t always exciting. He was gifted.

  • 109
    liz says:

    My 6th grade teacher was wonderful. She appreciated and encouraged me. I still hug her when I see her. She is quite older now, but still volunteering at our local hospital… An amazing person!

  • 110
    LindaM says:

    My fourth grade teacher Mrs. Walsh. She brought out my interests and showed a genuine interest. That love for these things are here still today.

  • 111

    Since I homeschooled, I should say my mom – but my mom’s best friend who is still a teacher did some tutoring and special subject teaching with us and had such a gift of making learning so fun you didn’t even realize you were doing it! What a gift!

  • 112
    Sophie says:

    My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Black. She made you feel so special. She encouraged you and complimented the best parts of you so you would shine. She loved her students. At high school graduation she gave each one of us a gift… a portfolio of our best work in 4th grade. It was amazing that she saved all those little treasures for years. What a wonderful woman she was!

  • 113
    Sandy says:

    I guess I’d have to say Mr. Dawe…..even though I didn’t’ love science, his passion for his field was very clear and he made science interesting.

  • 114
    Barbara Ann Cowan says:

    Although I was never in his class, my father was the most influential teacher I had. He made history come alive for his students.

  • 115
    adele says:

    I had so many amazing teachers in my youth that it’s hard to choose just one. Richard Sachaj, my high school English teacher, helped hone my writing skills.

  • 116
    gainesca says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr. John Duncan. He worked in the Business Department and taught Accounting. Although I did not go on to be an accountant, I still remember the lessons he taught me about numbers, money, and life. However, the most inspirational teacher I know is my daughter Crystal Crawford. She truly embodies the title of “Educator” and is able to inspire all types of students through her love of Economics, Political Science and American Government. Her students can’t get enough of her and really get involved with her inside and outside the classroom. She is an amazing teacher and I could not be more proud of her and her accomplishments!

  • 117
    Janet J says:

    My second grade teacher, Mrs. Bagwell, taught us phonetics. That skill gave me the gift of reading. I can’t imagine a life without being able to read.

  • 118
    Kara Lynne says:

    My second grade teacher, Mrs. Hues showed me in a very sincere way that she cared about each of us. We were more than just a job to her.

  • 119
    Sarah says:

    My art teacher in high school and my home economics teacher. It was a very rural town in a time when women were encouraged to be secretaries and housewives. These women showed me the possibilities to be creative in everyday life!

  • 120
    Melissa Sibert says:

    My favorite teacher was my 7th grade English teacher. She was so kind and encouraging, but she made us work. She and I just clicked and she went out of her way to encourage me in my dreams and goals.

  • 121
    sarah T. says:

    Both my parents were teachers at my senior school and taught me so much. But if I have to look beyond them it would be to my chemistry teacher, Mr. Smith, who went out of his way to help me get the grades I needed at A level.

  • 122
    Marti Thevenin says:

    Mr. Mathews, Social Studies teacher, because he allowed me to tackle a controversial research topic and helped me develop investigational skills.

  • 123
    Claire A says:

    My primary school teacher Mrs Guy. She was the strictest teacher in the school but was also the fairest. I cried my eyes out at the end of the year when I had to leave her!

  • 124
    Jennifer K says:

    I’ve had a lot of good teachers and several stand out. Mr. Hirschman – my calculus teacher, Mrs. Blatchford – my algebra teacher, and Mr. Brunken – my physics teacher. They all played a role in shaping my future.

  • 125
    Penny Thomas says:

    Mrs. White, a high school teacher! She taught business classes. She always encouraged me and made me feel special. She gave me self-confidence and taught me business skills, like typing and shorthand. I used her as a reference to get my first job in a law firm. It was up from there – I landed a wonderful job – and I appreciate all she did for me!

  • 126
    Becky Carafa says:

    Three of my high school teachers (math, English, science) were so passionate about their subjects that teaching seemed effortless to them. They all encouraged me to aim high.

  • 127
    Julie Pike says:

    Congratulations on another fantastic release! My 6th grade teacher Mr. Ibuki who helped me so much with my most feared subject….Math. He was so patient, kind and encouraging.

  • 128
    Donna Hoppe says:

    My 6th grade teach, Mr. Carter. It wasn’t that he was the greatest teacher in general but the best for me at that time. he didn’t see the chubby girl with braces and a bad perm. he saw my potentioal and got me interested in drama to get out of my shell and it worked.

  • 129
    LauraQ says:

    Mr. June!!! He was my 10th grade geography teacher. He traveled to Japan every year and would bring photos and things he bought while he was there in to class. He always had a smile for everyone and just had such a sweet way about him. Loved him, GREAT teacher!!!

  • 130
    Elaine (lainey) says:

    Mr. Frankel, my 10th grade Distribution teacher. He saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself. He recommended me to his friend who owned a business. I was hired on the spot and had a good paying part-time job! I never would have gone out on my own to look for a job at that time because I didn’t think I had it in me.

  • 131
    Cheryl V. says:

    I love the Iris stamp. And how awesome of you to design a whole bunch of stamps for the teachers in our children’s lives.

  • 132
    Christine B. says:

    My 7th grade math teacher. I was not doing too well in math and he called my parents to see if he could keep me in from recess to help me. Wow did that make a difference…by the end of the year I had an A in math. He went that extra mile to help his students.

  • 133
    Raechelle Bellus says:

    My most influential teacher was my online Algebra teacher in college. She patiently helped me grasp concepts that I had struggled with in high school and answered all my questions (there were a lot of them!). I became confident and looked forward to each lesson. I had the highest grade in all of her online classes, which was a far cry from not failing it in high school.

  • 134
    S. Molinari says:

    Well, it was a long time ago, and I don’t remember her name, but one of my Home Ec teachers spent the whole year teaching us how to read stitching instructions and making samples. I hated it. I wanted to make something. But it has served me well for the rest of my life. Wish I could thank her.

  • 135
    Nancy Ward says:

    My most inspirational teacher would have been my High School art teacher, Mr. Motovich. He encouraged and inspired me every day!

  • 136
    F Bond says:

    Mrs. Mitchell- she was wonderful! She inspired my love of reading and always let the class know that we all were bright and could go as far as we wanted in life. She was always fair and encouraging. She made learning fun! We had her for 5th grade and to our surprise the next year she was moved to 6th grade- so we had her to inspire us for another school year! We were blessed to have her.

  • 137
    Sandra Carroll says:

    This one is easy for me. It was Mrs. Fender who was a HS biology teacher. She was great for many reasons. However, she used a technique that made you think. She would introduce a topic and then ask questions at the end of class about that topic. She wouldn’t give the answer – just the questions. It challenged you to figure it out for yourself. The next day, another question – and so it went until the class came up with the answers themselves.

  • 138
    Ann says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Ms. Eva.
    She was my chemistry teacher.
    Thanks to her I’m science teachertoday.

  • 139
    Vicki says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my 9th grade Earth Science teacher, Mr. Leveley. He was the nerdiest teacher but he was the most fun. Not only did he make a boring class fun and exciting but he commanded the students to always treat each other with respect. I’ll never forget him πŸ™‚

  • 140
    Doris R says:

    Mr Krug my 6 grade teacher was my favorite. I went to a k-5 school that thought if you gave a kid a book they would learn it on their own, I didn’t. Mr Krug made learning fun and interesting and brought me up to the level i needed to be.

  • 141
    Marcia Hill says:

    Definitely my 3rd grade teacher Miss Hagen. She truly loved teaching and it showed every day! She also instilled in me a great love of reading, which is something I still love today. :0)

  • 142
    Karen King says:

    My most inspirational teacher was actually a college statistics teacher. It was a mandatory class which I hated but he was amazing at teaching critical thinking and had a great sense of humour.

  • 143
    Yvonne F. says:

    My math teacher Mr Willand. He was strict, but caring. He loved his subjects math and biology. A strict teacher with a huge heart.

  • 144
    Nicki Lundeen says:

    It would be my 5th grade teacher. I had just moved to a big city from a small little town from another state. The kids teased me a lot because my accent was different from theirs. I missed a lot of school because I would make myself sick from worrying and not wanting to go to school and deal with the teasing. She was so kind to me and protected me. Apparently one day she had a long talk with the kids in my class and they never teased me after that day. I believe she knew what it was like to be teased, as she had a cleft palette and some of the kids even made fun of her. I love that lady so much, and I will never forget her!

  • 145
    Nancy L. says:

    It’s been a while now since my school years but the expirence I’ve had with my Son’s teachers so far (he’s in second grade) have been nothing but wonderful! They are so passionate of what they do! It’s amazing! And all I could think of in this release is making pretty things for her!!

  • 146
    debbooks says:

    My 8th grade algebra teacher influenced me the most. I didn’t really like math until I had her class. She was young and pretty and I had already decided I wanted to be a teacher so then I decided I wanted to be just like her…young, pretty, smart, dedicated, funny, and likeable.

  • 147
    Hlee says:

    My first grade teacher was my most inspirational teacher. She made me love going to school.

  • 148
    Gerry S says:

    My tenth grade English teacher, Miss Donovan, made David Copperfield come to life. I enjoyed her class very much.

  • 149
    Debi W says:

    My favorite teacher was my 7th grade history teacher. He brought the people in history to life by personalizing them with human emotions and interesting facts not found between the pages of our books.

  • 150
    Donna M. says:

    easy- Mrs. Beard, my 3rd grade teacher. She would read to us, & tell personal stories from her childhood, which must have been around 1915-1920. I remember she said she waited until the last minute to write her paper- on a Sunday she slipped to her room & finished it. When her parents learned that she was working on a Sunday (it was against the rules), the paper was destroyed. Isn’t it funny how little things stick with us? I’m older than she was when she taught me. I loved her. She was one who listened, & was so kind to all of us.

  • 151
    Hope says:

    It was my 7th grade gym teacher Mrs Morone she took her time and worked with me. I was able to place first in the field and track event.

  • 152
    Erin says:

    My private school teacher Mr. Williams, he loved to teach and it showed!

  • 153
    Teresa F. says:

    Mrs. Theil, my wonderful 5th grade teacher! She inspired me to love learning and prepared me to move to junior high with confidence! It’s a bonus that her family has remained friends with my family since that time.

  • 154
    Jennifer T. says:

    Mrs Frank – my 9th-11th grade French teacher. She always made learning fun. I’ll always remember her calling on us- “bΓ©nΓ©vole ou victime?” (Volunteer or victim?)

  • 155
    Barbara Schesser says:

    Miss Marley, my 9th grade English teacher, was an inspiration to me. She taught me the love of the English language!

  • 156

    My Home Ec. teacher had the biggest impact on me, she taught us how to cook, sew and to this day I still enjoy those things, especially the sewing. When other girls in class were making cute little blouses, I chose to make a sport shirt for my Dad (as he was a large man and had difficulty buying clothes, they didn’t have the “Big & Tall” man shops then) He wore that shirt til it fell apart!

  • 157
    Linda Lander says:

    My High School English teacher that inspired me to approach literature in a special way….living and learning from the words of others, now and then. I am still inspired to read because of that teacher that
    taught so many aspects of literature.

  • 158
    Keysha Sain says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Gibson. She was always so kind and sweet to everyone. I remember several occassions when she brought clothes and shoes/boots to school to give away to her students. She was always very encouraging and she knew how to make you feel special.

  • 159
    Leigh Penner says:

    I would have to say Mme Leonard, my high school math teacher. Her enthusiasm for the subject was very contagious!

  • 160
    Kristin says:

    Mr. Parker, English, Orange Glen High School – he loved literature and he loved teaching. I am now both a lover of literature and a teacher. He was a wonderful inspiration. Thank you, Mr. Parker!

  • 161
    Michelle O. says:

    My college professors were some of my best teachers. One even encouraged me to apply for a certain job, and I still work for that company today! Thanks for the inspiration, PTI! πŸ™‚

  • 162
    Noelle says:

    Oh my I had many good teachers it’s going to be hard to choose…my 5th grade teacher Mr. Kyles. He was tough in some areas but he read us wonderful books, did art projects, made us memorize and recite pieces. But I had a great music teacher, 4th and 6th grade teacher too!

  • 163
    Lisa says:

    It was definitely my H.S. art teacher Mrs. Grandusky. She made art so much fun and she made me realize how much I enjoyed the creative process. I should have pursued an art career but the art of cardmaking helps me fill that need to be crafty! Thank you Mrs. Grandusky!

  • 164
    Martha B says:

    I have 2, Mrs.C. Fox who believed in me and gave me encouragement , and Miss S. MacCabe for her insistence to do things correctly and the best you could do.

  • 165
    Cammy Wall says:

    Mrs. Hulderson was my 2nd grade reading teacher – she completely inspired my love of reading and of school. She made things fun and encouraged everyone. Years later, my parents ended up buying a house on the same street as her and it was great to have contact with her again.

  • 166

    My 9th grade English teacher Mrs. Petuch really fostered my love for reading. She encouraged us to read books other than the required reading by having a lending library in her classroom. That is where I found some of my favorite authors who I still read today.

  • 167
    Melissa friedrich says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Mr Barry – he didn’t even blink an eye when I asked to join the Computer Club, which was traditionally all boys until then in 1975.

  • 168
    REGINA G says:

    My liteature teacher, she techme about books and always have a wise advise to share!

  • 169
    Susan P says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Mr. Mitchell in 7th grade. He made learning fun! And we went on lots of great field trips! πŸ™‚

  • 170

    Well, my principal, Mr. Laurenzello, or Mr. L as he preferred to be called, from my high school was the most encouraging and therefore, one of the most inspiring. His words and belief made me believe in myself and for that I am so grateful.

  • 171
    Betty H. says:

    A high school English teacher, Mrs. Hubig. I wasn’t much of a reader until she suggested that I read “Pride and Prejudice”. I haven’t stopped reading since and I’m so grateful to her…but I’ve never had a chance to tell her.

  • 172
    Diane says:

    M high school phys ed teacher. She was always a positive role model which resonated with me.

  • 173
    Kiesa Salazar says:

    I will never forget my favorite and most inspirational teachet, my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Kemmer. She was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. She was always smiling and laughing and tried her hardest to make learning fun!

  • 174
    Robin says:

    My 6th grade English teacher helped me understand in a new way and gave me a love for language.

  • 175
    Karen says:

    My elementary orchestra teacher. She arranged for me to have a loaner cello and private lessons, so that the orchestra could have a cellist. While I never got really serious about it, I have continued to play the cello for another 55 years. It has certainly enriched my life.

  • 176
    Shirley Robelotto says:

    Mrs. Gray – she taught me to love reading.

  • 177
    Patty J says:

    Mrs. Clausen taught physics & calculus to high school seniors, encouraging many of us young women into science careers. She was tough but fabulous!

  • 178
    Laura says:

    My favorite in high school was a wonderful English teacher I had twice and in elementary school my fourth grade teacher was the best! I am blessed to have had many wonderful teachers!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 179
    Marybeth says:

    Sister Mary James , she was very strict but also very kind to EVERYONE ! Pretty sure she was my 6th grade teacher.

  • 180
    Lynda says:

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Reynolds in 3,4 and 5 grades-she taught me to write and inspired my love of books and making up stories. I thought when I was little that she kept changing the grade she taught so that she could be my teacher longer.

  • 181
    Debs says:

    My kindergarten teacher, Ms. Sailes, was my favorite teacher because she was my first teacher and was so kind. It left a good first impression. Awesome release.

  • 182
    Melanie P says:

    My high school chemistry teacher had an unbelievable connection with his students and made learning so fun. He fostered my love of science which lead to my career in the medical field.

  • 183
    Mirna Callejas says:

    Mr. Eagan, he teached me and encourage me to learn english while working and going to highschool at the same time, thanks to him I was able to take all of my classes in english and on top of that I graduated with honors, thank you Mr. Eagan where ever you are!

  • 184
    Zuzana says:

    Teacher for Czech language – he show me, whatΒ΄s beauty is in books, till meeting him, I hate read (I was 15 years old), than I read all books from our school library πŸ™‚

  • 185
    marcy says:

    My 3rd grade teacher. She loved art and would make time for crafts in our day. Maybe that is why I like paper crafting to this day.

  • 186
    jengd says:

    Actually, while my high school biology teacher was my favorite teacher and role model for a year or two, an unfortunate event with her in class actually made her most influential in my life in another way- it taught me to be open minded to everyone and that not everyone is what they seem.

  • 187
    Nancy G says:

    My 6th grade teacher Mrs. Rabe, she was always there with her love and patience and understanding and she was fun!

  • 188
    Tina M says:

    Mr. Wilson, ninth grade English. Made me want to write.

  • 189
    Regina roach says:

    I had many wonderful Sisters of Mercy teachers in elementary and high school and it’s hard to single out one. However, at or near the top of my list would be Sister Mary Angelina. She was tough and demanding but made learning very satisfying and rewarding.

  • 190
    Raquel Unruh says:

    My 1st grade teacher. She loved everyone unconditionally and kept everything fun!

  • 191
    Kristina says:

    Mrs. bresler my Algebra II teacher. I knew she truly cared about her students. She would stay after school all the time to help any of her students who were struggling. I learned a lot from her and she really challenged me and didn’t make class easy.

  • 192
    Tami says:

    Mrs. Osmon my high school marketing teacher was such a huge influence on my life. She was not only my teacher but also my mentor and counselor. She was always there to talk about whatever I needed to ask about at the time. I’ll never forget her kindness and I still think about her often.

  • 193
    Jen T says:

    Mr. Daniels. He taught me to finally love reading.

  • 194
    Nancy Penir says:

    Mr. Mendoza, my 5th grade teacher, opened the doors to opera, art and all things fine. At a time we all wanted rock music, he showed us the beauty of Swan Lake and Carmen, Monet! And we loved it! We did our own opera in that classroom for the whole school. I’ll never forget the classics he introduced us to, or the beauty of what art is to life!

  • 195
    Judy says:

    I had several English teachers that inspired me and encouraged my love of literature.

  • 196
    Chris Baker Cox says:

    My most inpspirational teacher was Miss Jackson. She made learning fun. I was fortunate to have her for 3rd and 4th grade. She was a newer teacher, and she had some non-traditional ways of teaching us. She liked to take us outside for class, which we loved. You knew she truly cared about her students. Loved her!

  • 197

    My cookery teacher, Ms Stewart. She inspired me and set me off on my career.

  • 198
    Denise C. says:

    My most inspirational teacher was a high school history teacher, Sister Joan. She made US history so fun by infusing little tidbits of interesting information about the particular era with each lesson. To this day my love of history dictates my selections in movies, books, tv shows, etc.!!

  • 199
    Danielle taebel says:

    That would have to be my mom. Not a teacher in the usual sense, but she taught me to never rely upon a man, and always be true to myself.

  • 200 says:

    My senior year Lit. teacher. She was interesting, always had a calm, pleasant demeanor, and showed personal interest when I was having a tough time the spring before graduation. She gave me a second chance, and made a huge difference.

  • 201
    Carolyn Stoenner says:

    My favorite was my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Riemenschnider. She helped me come out of my shell and really believed in me. She helped me open up and share answers in class. After that school year was over, she actually called me to babysit her newborn baby. I’ll never forget her.

  • 202
    Caroline says:

    Mr. Andrews was my high school math teacher. He inspired me to become a math teacher. πŸ™‚

  • 203
    Carissa says:

    My band teacher. He took a bunch of shy band geeks and made us march. Taught us theater. Taught us jazz. Taught us to be together and to be leaders and to make music. He is old and still teaches. He is still inspiring.

  • 204
    Peege04 says:

    My first grade teacher Miss Sanderson. She was always so kind and patient. I still remember her sweetness and love with all of us. As I grew up, it was a thrill to run into her outside of school in the community and it made my heart bloom just to see her!

  • 205
    Jill Norwood says:

    I have been blessed with so many wonderful teachers that had just the right words of knowledge and inspiration at different points in my life… can I choose just one?!?! Thanks to all of them for all they have done!!!! What a blessing good teachers are!!!

  • 206
    Janet Pufall says:

    I decided, by the time I was 8, that I wanted to be a teacher. I believe it was Ms. Hecht that sparked my interest. I was usually a “class clown”. She dealt with me in a kind, caring, and motivating manner. There were other, so many, but she stuck in my mind.

  • 207
    Alesa says:

    Miss Kennedy – the kindest, most supportive art teacher.

  • 208
    Tanja S. says:

    We had a lovely exchange teacher from Canada for Maths in Year 8 (i am in Australia). He was a great teacher and had a good sense of fun, and sometimes let us watch slides of his family and their activities in Canada. I also had a lovely art teacher in years 9 and 10, who always encouraged me in my creativity.

  • 209
    Lauren A. says:

    Probably Ms. Smith, my Kindergarten teacher. She was so patient and kind. Even when I got older and went back to visit her she was still the same kind and patient person. She was just an overall wonderful person. Anybody who had her was extremely lucky.

    Can’t wait for this new release!!! Everything is awesome!!! πŸ™‚


  • 210
    Manda says:

    Mrs Amer taught me one language or another in every year of my 6 years in high school and inspired me to continue with German at uni. She obviously loved other cultures and languages and passed that on to her classes.

  • 211
    Loly Borda says:

    My 8th grade ‘Current Affairs” teacher. Mrs. Raba, she was always kind and patient with my endless questions and many times she used them to engage the rest of the class. In my own career as a teacher I always thought of her as a model to be patient with my most ‘curious’ students.

  • 212
    Crisanne D. says:

    The most influential teacher in my life was my mother. She taught at a different school than the one I attended, but she was always there to help us with our homework, and projects. I know I learned more from her, in our home than I did in any classroom.

  • 213
    Karen Bull says:

    Mrs. Hoyt – my 8th grade math teacher – she made me want to pursue a career in mathematics!

  • 214
    Jennifer says:

    My freshman english teacher for making us expand our reading to genres we never would have chosen on our own.

  • 215
    Marianne Tapp says:

    My art teacher, Mr. Jennings, influenced my entire life. He opened up skills and thinking patterns I never knew I had. I became an art teacher myself. Nothing brings me greater personal pleasure than making something or helping someone find their creative self. Thank you for reminding us of an important people in our lives.

  • 216
    Peggy Nickelson says:

    Mr Duncanson was my high school humanities teacher. He taught me so much about art and creative writing. To this day I remember the joy he created in me for appreciating art. I never met a museum or art gallery I didn’t want to investigate. Thank you Mr Duncanson.

  • 217
    Cathy Yamashita says:

    My most beloved teacher was Mrs. Edwards, who taught us first AND second grade. This was in the late 50’s when teachers didn’t “loop” classes like they do now. She loved our whole class so much that she requested to teach us second grade, which she was allowed to do. She wanted to continue on with third grade, but the administrators wouldn’t allow her to do that. She was the most loving person; we all loved her as much as she loved us.

  • 218 says:

    The teacher who inspired me most was the one everyone would least expect. He was my American History teacher and no one wanted to take his class. I elected to take it with some other friends during the summer and we learned so much about him. He turned out to be a funny, smart man. I learned two valuable lessons that summer. 1. Don’t judge a book by its cover, and 2. Don’t listen to what others say about a person. Give yourself permission to discover that each of us adds value to our world.

  • 219
    Debbie Vasel says:

    An English teacher of mine, Miss Elizabeth Straub. She challenged me to put more time and effort into my work and not just to get by

  • 220
    Alice Golden says:

    Mrs. Carlisle… I had her for both 4th and 6th grade and she was wonderful. I don’t recall too many specifics, but I remember never wanting to miss a day of school those years.

  • 221
    April Z. says:

    Mrs. Bragg, my speech coach, was most inspirational for me. She was so encouraging and always believed in me. She was a large part of why I was able to go to college on a speech scholarship.

  • 222
    Heidi Gonzales says:

    I was very fortunate to have many teachers that inspired me and were somehow in each their own unique way encouraging to me. I would definitely say, there was one who supported me and gave me confidence more than any and that would be my 9th grade math teacher. Without his support, math would have failed me. I also must have adored my very first teacher (Kindergarten), as I have always remembered her, even though I remember no specifics about her. I believe she is why, I became an Early Childhood teacher.

  • 223
    Patricia F. says:

    My 9th grade teacher, Mrs. Cambell, instilled in me a great love of books which I still have today. I have passed this on to my now grown children. Reading is a great gift that gives so much for so little.

  • 224
    Marisa says:

    My high school gym teacher. She saw my potential in Track and Field and the next five years were filled with many wins, records being set and even a trip to Provincials in my Jr and Sr year. In fact, my daughter is named after her πŸ™‚

  • 225
    Sandie Gough says:

    Oh my, what a gorgeous showcase! I love the simplicity of design achieved x
    At school, my most memorable teacher was my art teacher. She tough us to feel the moment, if you feel it the creativity will follow πŸ˜€ I have held onto this throughout my crafty journey.

  • 226

    Mrs. Gentile, my 4th grade teacher. She always said, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” I’ll never forget those words.

  • 227
    Maggie Carter says:

    My 8th grade history teacher. He really taught me to love history. He was very encouraging.

  • 228
    janelle says:

    My 5th grade teacher was a little outside the box… learning was fun and memorable. I still think of and use some of those lessons.

  • 229
    Nita K. says:

    Mrs. Engert in third grade. She was so sweet and she believed in me so much. I think she was the first teacher to recognize my gifts and didn’t let circumstances that were out of my control dictate my academic life. I loved her. She’s one of the reasons I became a third grade teacher.

  • 230
    Lisa says:

    My 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Tansey, was extremely kind. She treated each child with gentleness and individual attention. Here concern for others showed in many ways. I remember her stopping class whenever we heard a siren pass; she would have us pray for the people who were in need of an ambulance or fire engine–and this was in a public school (a long time ago).

  • 231
    Sue S. says:

    I had 3 awesome 8th grade teachers but the one that stands out was Sr. Judith. She encouraged her students academically, spiritually, and emotionally. She tried to find s strength in everyone and made sure we used it! She was very kind to all of us!

  • 232
    Lori Weinberg says:

    I feel lucky to have had many great teachers growing up, but two in particular come to mind. First my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Sandifer who I had the honor of getting to return to her class as an assistant my senior year in high school. The second teacher who inspired me was my junior high speech and drama teacher, Mrs. Cooper. To this day, I have no idea what inspired me, an incredibly shy teenager, to sign up for class that required me to give speeches in front of people on a regular basis, but she cracked my shell and made me a much more confident woman.

  • 233
    Gay Ferland says:

    Most inspirational teacher was, Sister Patricia Heally. She taught Home Economics; sewing. Still, this day I have been sewing for craft fairs and always come up with new items. So I thank her for inspiring me to become a dressmaker, suit tailor, maker of baby layettes and Baptismal clothing, etc.!

  • 234
    Gracie G says:

    My 3rd year university lecturer. Her passion for her topic, the real life examples and clear concise explainations really helped foster my interest in that field.

  • 235
    Maureen P says:

    I’ve a few very inspirational teachers over my schooling, but the one that stands out is my Masters advisor. He radiates integrity, compassion, knowledge, kindness, and encouragement. He is an inspiration πŸ™‚

  • 236
    merryf says:

    My most important and inspiring teacher was my third-grade teacher, Miss Rogers. To me, she was a big, imposing, gigantic-in-all-ways person — and she taught me a valuable lesson. I was a good kid but didn’t really apply myself. I still have an essay she graded and wrote to my parents on the top that it was the third time she made me rewrite it because my handwriting was sloppy. She let me follow my own interests in class and read about whatever subject I was interested in, but forced me to do the work right. Every time someone compliments me on my handwriting, more than 40 years later, I thank Miss Rogers.

  • 237
    D.AnnC says:

    Mrs. Reginer always encouraged me through several years of high school typing, accounting, computer science classes. What I learned served me well in the working world for decades.

  • 238
    KarenB says:

    My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Besselman, encouraged my love for writing. I was a professional business writer for 15 years and love to journal my layout pages. I’m also currently working on a book. She was a HUGE inspiration in my life.

  • 239
    Brandi R says:

    Wow….I would have to say my college history professor. I can see him clear as day, but his name completely escapes me. He not only was an excellent teacher of history, but he actually took the time to help the class learn HOW to study, especially helpful with history. He was so very charismatic and full of life. Very inspirational on living life too the fullest…..not let a moment go to waste on petty “stuff”. Best class I ever took.

  • 240
    Carol says:

    My daughter’s dance teacher, Miss Hannah, has really touched a spot in my heart. She invites the kids in early and they sit on the floor and chat about their days. She has taken the time to really get to know the kids. Sometimes we get so caught up in what needs to be done or taught that we fail to take the time to show those around us how important they are for just being themselves. I am inspired to be more like Miss Hannah!

  • 241
    Jessica Kerr says:

    Without hesitation, it is my 12th Grade Advanced Placement English teacher, Mrs. Kepley. She had faith in me when I didn’t have faith in myself.

    My class was scheduled to take a CLEP exam (College Level Examination Program)- many colleges and universities grant college credits for passing it. I had refused to even take the registration form home to my parents because I felt there was no way I would achieve a passing score. The registration fee was costly, and I feared my father would be furious if I failed.

    On the final day of registration, Mrs. Kepley asked to speak with me privately after class – she wanted to know why I hadn’t signed up. At first I made up a bunch of lame excuses, but she pressed me until I told the truth. After she heard me out, she hugged me, smiled and offered me a deal. If I took the test and failed, she would personally provide me with a refund of the registration costs. It seemed I had nothing to lose, so I reluctantly accepted. Test day came, and I passed with flying colors!

  • 242
    Christine Nixon says:

    Grace McCourt. She was my 3rd and 4th grade teacher and made each student in her classroom feel like they were special, important and capable. I loved her and was thrilled when she changed grade levels so we got to experience the positive attitudes for two years! I am sure she is long gone but I hope she knows how very much of an impact she made on the lives of children.

  • 243
    Kari D says:

    Jackie Brannan Petty. She made me believe that all things were possible and learning never ends….in 5th grade! Yes, I have had AMAZING teachers throughout school and my career. They have been my ‘spark’ and my inspiration. But, Ms. Brannan (now Mrs. Petty) left an impression that has lasted my entire life. THANK YOU, Ms. Brannan Petty.

  • 244

    MY most inspirational and VERY best teacher was my 6th Grade teacher, Mrs. Borland. She was tough and we learned a lot, but she also brought treats and was a softie if you did your work and behaved!
    We LOVED her!

  • 245
    Tracy says:

    Mrs Holloway, she taught us to believe in our talents and to trust them and explore them. She always encouraged us to be the best person we could be

  • 246
    Rita says:

    My third grade teacher, Ms. Zacher, sparked my interest in writing. She was the first teacher to include creative assignments that went beyond the traditional worksheets and practice tasks that were boring and repetitive for me. She loved art, music, and creative writing and brought those passions to daily classroom life. My world opened wide that year. I was lucky to have many dedicated teachers over the years, all of whom I remember fondly and am so grateful for the lasting impressions that still resonate with me today. When I became a teacher, their influence led the way. I also worked with so many wonderful teachers who were my mentors and friends when I tried to bring my best to the students in my classroom. Teachers leave lasting impressions. I never forget that and can’t wait to send out special Thank You gifts with this month’s release.

  • 247

    Mrs. Able, she was my fifth grade teacher and my most memorable. She instiled in me a greater desire to learn, always tell the truth and most importantly that learning is FUN.

  • 248
    Chris L. says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my high school calculus teacher–he inspired me to go on and major in math!

    Chris L.

  • 249
    Beth Holt says:

    Mrs. Zane – my 4th grade teacher. She was inspirational, encouraging, and gave me the recognition that I needed in order to feel like I could succeed at anything. What is even better is that I moved away from that school district and saw her years later at a sporting event in my new school district and she still remembered me.

  • 250
    JulieZ says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my high school science teacher – he had high expectations for us, but a kind heart as well.

  • 251
    Julia L says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Mr Heie. He was my 9th grade English teacher. He taught me that I could write poetry. It really opened my eyes to a new world of creativity.

  • 252
    Kim Heggins says:

    Mrs. Mims…she was my first grade teacher and my fourth grade teacher and she was an amazing lady! She taught me the love of reading…what a wonderful gift to give a student.

  • 253
    Joy says:

    Mrs. Short, my 1st grade teacher. I knew she loved me and genuinely card about me. 1st grade was big and scary to me – since I did not go to Kindergarten and she made me enjoy going to school.

  • 254
    Brenda Hall says:

    My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Von Marbod. She gave us projects to do that we could earn points for that we could then use to buy prizes. She also taught us how to debate and overall made a big impression on my young life!

  • 255 says:

    My 1st grade teacher had each student bring in an item to share with the class once during the school year – ethnic food, etc. It exposed me to things I had not experienced and was a great way to think outside your own world.

  • 256
    Chris Cross says:

    Mrs. Aper, my 5th grade teacher. She was kind, compassionate, and yet meant business when she needed to.

  • 257
    Eileen Lucas says:

    My Grade school Music teacher Sister Ameliana. She wore a leg brace from Polio as a child and yet she was the happiest most joyful teacher Ive ever known. Always singing and laughing and so into each and every student she had. I think of her often and I share her love of music.

  • 258
    Melynn says:

    For me it was my high school algebra teacher in my freshman year. She worked us hard but was upbeat, always positive and full of joy which made for a happy classroom. It is easy to do well in an environment like that! I am having a hard time coming up with her name-she was a nun, they changed from traditional “not their own name” name to their own names and then she left the convent and married. Might have to go dig out that yearbook…..

  • 259
    Annette Snyder says:

    Miss Lammers – I moved half way through the year and she helped me make the transition.

  • 260
    diana says:

    I remember the best teachers as those who made the year fun as well as educational. πŸ˜‰

  • 261
    Cynthia Myers says:

    My band teacher, Mr. Foulkes. He instilled a love and appreciation for instrumental music which I passed onto my kids. Now my daughter is pursuing a music performance degree and hopes to become a professional musician.

  • 262
    Janet Swofford says:

    My most influential teacher would have to be Mrs. Swanson! She was my third grade teacher and she was the first adult besides my parents who believed in me. She encouraged me to be anything I wanted to be! She instilled a love for learning in me and that love still lives in me today. You are never too old to learn and when you stop learning that’s the day you start dying. Thank you Mrs. Swanson!!!

  • 263
    Hollie says:

    My speech teachee in high school was such an inspiration! She loves what she did and it really showed! She took speech and made it fun!! It’s a great reminder to me to let your love of what you do shine .

  • 264
    Marianne K says:

    My Spanish teacher in high school. He went out of his way to make sure all of his students learned.

  • 265
    Pooja says:

    My Science teacher was my favorite teacher,she made learning various concept so simple by linking it to everyday life !

  • 266
    Carol S says:

    Mr Hepburn who got us to listen to Shakespeare’s plays on vinyl record in class before we had to read them. Having heard the plays, it made them so much easier to read and enjoy them. Whilst many of my friends were turned off Shakespeare by poor teachers, Mr Hepburn was able to pass on his enthusiasm for the Bard and I have loved them since.

  • 267
    Carol D. says:

    When I started high school, we had just moved from California to a tiny town in upstate New York near the Canadian border. Peru NY may have been small, but Peru Central School had the best teachers I had ever known. Mr. Greenwood for English encouraged and nurtured by poetry and writing. Mrs. Anderson, Geometry, taught me the basics in some mnemonics I’ll never forget (to my children’s and grandchildren’s dismay). Mr. Blanchard, Earth Science, taught me the Moh’s hardness scale for rocks, and a lifelong love of the beauty of the earth. And Mr. Bourgeois taught history, instilling in me the desire to learn about ancient cultures and languages. Thanks to all of them I am a pretty well-rounded person today, and I have never stopped pursuing knowledge.

  • 268
    Alisyn says:

    Mrs. Whitfield was my most inspirational teacher. She saw potential in everyone and fostered a love of learning in her students. She taught us to love discovering new things. An amazing teacher!

  • 269
    Deborah H. says:

    My high school math teacher Mrs. Hogan. She made us work hard and helped me enjoy math.

  • 270
    bev says:

    i couldn’t think of a specific inspirational teacher in school. I was fortunate to have lots of good ones. however the most inspirational teacher I had was not in school – it was my dad. he taught me so much about being independent and willing to take on any challenge. I miss him.

  • 271
    Lauren M. says:

    My senior year English teacher, Bro. Alfred, was just amazing. He was in his 50-something year of teacher and had such a love for literature that he made even Chaucer riveting! He had a true gift in showing high school students how to really appreciate literature, no matter how hard it was to read or dull it seemed. It is because of him that I LOVE classic literature. He was such a blessing!!

  • 272
    Louise says:

    My high school music teacher. He taught you a lot more than music and he was a friend to all of us. Still is today and that was over 45 years ago!

  • 273
    SentSue says:

    Miss Wood, fourth grade. She showed unconditional love to her students.

  • 274
    Mary W says:

    Favorite teacher – easy – Tremaine Spencer, my high school Art teacher back in 1960. I took art for four years as an elective and he talked to us like a friend but still maintained control of the class. He also got many of us to never smoke by doing something he would be fired for today. Everyone cool smoked back then and we had a smoking tree outside to congregate around. My first year in art, he asked who had not started smoking and then had us come into his office. He gave each of us a cigarette and a piece of white paper. He said inhale once from the cigarette then blow out the smoke. Then he said to hold the paper up to our mouth and exhale deeply onto the paper. We were all amazed at the brown film that our breath left after one “drag”. He said this is addictive, will coat your lungs and you can die. Then took the cigarettes back and went back to the classroom, never saying anything again about it. After that, we never thought it was cool to smoke and I’m so thankful that he cared more for us than following protocol. It was the #1 best thing I learned in all my high school years! He also was an awesome art teacher!!!!

  • 275
    Teresa Currie says:

    Mrs Vick, my 3rd grade teacher, holds a special place in my heart. She was very encouraging, kind and patient.

    My aunt Marion, a reading specialist and also a 3rd grade teacher, instilled in me the importance of both reading to your children, from a very early age, and letting them see you reading often and reading a variety of materials.

    I wish many blessings on all the teachers in the world.

  • 276
    Cheryl says:

    My 7th and 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Dann pushed me in ways I didn’t know I could grow. Because of her, I can write well and I know that I can do hard things.

  • 277
    Cynthia says:

    Mr. Connolly from junior high… my English teacher who encouraged me with creative writing and outside projects. I am a writer today!! I remember him with great fondness.

  • 278
    Carole says:

    Oh my goodness you are really taking me back. Calculus was definitely not a favorite subject of mine but Mr. McPhee, my math teacher, spent countless hours helping
    me understand so that I could pass my finals. Hats off to all teachers!

  • 279
    Diane says:

    Mrs. Graham in 3rd grade! She let me stay after school and make jewelry with her box of beautiful beads.

  • 280
    Karen says:

    Mrs. Litwyn, my 3rd and 4th grade teacher, was wonderful.

  • 281
    Natasha Trupp says:

    My 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Nieman was an inspiration to me. She recognized that I needed more projects to do and let me flourish independently on them. She also put so much extra work into our classroom to make it a delightful learning environment. She left the school after grade two to teach in Australia, but she became a pen pal for several years.

  • 282
    Donna Coffeen says:

    I loved my 4th grade teacher. Mrs. Griffith was the most loving, inspiring person in my life at that time. I still have the book she gave me-“Helen Keller’s Teacher”. I decided that year that I wanted to be a teacher. This year is my 37th year in teaching and still going strong. Teaching is my passion and it started with a wonderful teacher.

  • 283

    I had a lot of teachers who inspired me over my school years. One of my favorites was Mr. Miller. He was my math teacher. I hated math, but he made it fun.

  • 284
    Cindy H. says:

    I think my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Sheehan, probably had the most influence on me. He encouraged in me a love of math and a love of problem solving.

  • 285
    Noreen says:

    Every week I watch my granddaughter’s 1st grade teacher, teach the way it should be done. She inspires me to be a better volunteer.

  • 286
    Peggy says:

    My son’s support teacher, who was kind and has high expectations for the kids. She helped him work beyond his challenges at school.

  • 287
    Tosha says:

    Mrs. Gregory, High School English. She was a tough one with a heart as soft as a marshmallow. You just wanted to do well in her class. She made it challenging, she knew what you could do and expected just a bit more. The marshmallow part came in the form of caring. She kept me after class to talk about my fear of spiders and the need to be a strong women in todays world, that was in the late 70’s I will never forget that. As a note I shoo spiders out now instead of screaming:)

  • 288
    Leanne S says:

    My French teacher really helped me pick up the language so well.

  • 289
    Quyen says:

    My first English teacher in College was the best teacher I’ve had. She encouraged me to learn and not to give up.

  • 290
    Linda Lipford says:

    Mr Bosch – 5th grade at Forrest Sherman Elementary in Naples, Italy (Navy brat). I was the very scared sister of a first grade brother and was responsible for getting us up to and from the bus stop every day in a very large, foreign country. I was terrified and this teacher brought me back into the familiar/safe as soon as I walked into the class room.

  • 291

    Ms. Wright was my first grade art teacher and, ironically, my first truly inspirational teacher that encouraged my fledgeling talent in illustration, mixed media, and scrap booking. That was in 1981. (Yes that is a 19; and I am still thankful for her encouragement today!!)

  • 292
    lisa m says:

    I can’t recall a specific teacher for myself but my kids have great teachers and they have all been caring and kind we have a wonderful school system!

  • 293
    Cindy Holshouser says:

    Mr. Zollers. He was a high school art teacher, and taught calligraphy. He was very ispirational and talented. He is the one teacher I often think about.

  • 294
    Clare says:

    My MOM! Because I was homeschooled, and she was a great teacher who had enough time for me despite homeschooling six other kids!

  • 295
    Sue in Grapevine says:

    Dr. Evola — he taught me both English & French while instilling logical thinking as well. He was a continental gentleman as well — very courteous.

  • 296
    Beata Kania says:

    My first grade teacher, Miss Foy. Coming from a Polish home, I spoke very little English in first grade. I remember being terrified of school. Miss Foy was always so kind and taught me that making mistakes (such as using the wrong words) was ok, and helped me correct my mistake.

  • 297
    laura1972 says:

    My high school science teacher. He made learning fun. You wanted to come to class even on the dissection days!

  • 298
    Laraine R says:

    Mine was my high school math teacher. My love of math came out! Great release!

  • 299
    Cheryl F. says:

    My (high school) freshmen English teacher was a huge inspiration to me. He made me want to learn and he taught me critical thinking. While in his class, I also discovered that I love to read. All the teachers I’d had before him made me hate it. He was the very best and I’ll never forget him.

  • 300
    Heather says:

    My college German professor. He was enthusiastic, engaging, and encouraging. Teaching, for him, wasn’t just a job.

  • 301
    Christine N. says:

    My favorite teacher was my first grade teacher Ms. Lutcheon. She was kind, helpful & smart!

  • 302
    BeverlyBL says:

    Miss Covington was my 5th grade teacher. She made school fun, so we learned.

  • 303
    Karyle says:

    My favorite was my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Stoddard. She fostered my love of reading. Every afternoon she would read to us and as the school year progressed we were reading to her. She did it so subtly that I didn’t realize I was speaking in front of the entire class. Through reading she also taught me not to fear public speaking.

  • 304
    Renee says:

    I’ve had so many…
    and all for different reasons…
    that as I sit here trying to come up with just one name… I can’t.
    Because they each share a part of shaping who I would someday become.

  • 305
    Angela Yu says:

    I was lucky to have been blessed with so many wonderful teachers; role models. I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I still remember Ms. Bialkin, my first grade teacher, who sent me on an errand and surprised me for my birthday with a cupcake and a song from the class. Then there was Mr. Ross, my sixth grade teacher, who we thought was going to blow a gasket after we played an April Fools’ trick on him involving school security. Then there was Mr. Barry, our fourth grade teacher who stepped in after Mrs. Schmidt died in a car accident. Currently, my daughter has been blessed with wonderful teachers who truly are all about their students.

  • 306
    Sandy Stern says:

    I was lucky to have many, many amazing teachers. One of the most inspiring was Mr. Loegering, my high school humanities teacher. He encouraged us to be independent thinkers, instead of just buying the ideas handed to us.

  • 307
    Kerry says:

    My elementary school art teacher! She was amazing with constant encouragement of being creative! I love that I’m still in touch with her all these years later.

  • 308
    Pat Baker says:

    I can’t think of any one teacher who influenced me in school – but there are several over the years that I am thankful for! Each one “opened my eyes” to a particular subject in their own special way – isn’t that what you want in a teacher? Specifically my French Teacher instilled a love of French and visions of Paris, one of my history teachers taught about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, black history that was virtually non-existent in the late 50’s, early 60’s, and my art teacher who allowed me to spend hours teaching myself to weave on an old loom in the CLOSET of the art department.

  • 309
    Penny J. says:

    My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Ham. She was one of the most loving and encouraging teachers I ever had.

  • 310

    Mrs. Cosgrove, oh how much I loved her. She encouraged me to let my voice out in music. My love for voice was nourished while in her classroom. I will always remember her encouragement.

  • 311
    Rosa C says:

    Mi maestra de jardΓ­n de NiΓ±os, la recordΓ© por muchos aΓ±os
    por que su trato fue igual para con todos los niΓ±os.

  • 312
    kimer says:

    Mr stowell my sophomore English teacher. He taught me that learning can be fun, and also to trust my own insights and use them in my writing.

  • 313
    Kris says:

    My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Martini, who taught me the value of owning up to your mistakes and apologizing when wrong….invaluable life lessons.

  • 314
    Joybells says:

    My favorite teacher was my Miss Taylor. She taught me in a one-room school house for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades. She was like family.

  • 315

    It’s my son’s kindergarten teacher. She’s the most caring and wonderful teacher I’ve met. We were new to the town, and she helped him adapted to the new school, new friends. She also brought out the love of math in him.

  • 316
    JanetB says:

    It was long, long ago…. My Senior Reading teacher, Mrs. Grodall, said, “There are no stupid questions”, and “The question mark just gets bigger”. Phrases I’ve used many times over the last 40 years.

  • 317
    Amy R says:

    My high school science teacher was a big influence on me. She inspired my love of research!

  • 318
    Kris says:

    Mrs. Charlotte Axiotis. I loved being in her class. She was very eccentric, and LOVED to read! She even wrote a book of poetry, which I adored. I love to read, partly because of being in her class in 5th grade. Thanks!

  • 319

    My kindergarten teacher cause she had a great imagination and always inspired us.

  • 320
    kimgyu says:

    I’ll never forget her. The teacher who changed my life is Gail Mason. She was a teacher in my undergraduate college program. She believed in me and told me to spread my wings to go after what I wanted in life. And this is exactly what I did. I’ve been out of college for more than 25 years, but I’ll never forget her. Thanks Gail!

  • 321

    My history/literature teacher in high school, he is very encouraging and that builds my foundation and confidence in my writing.

  • 322
    Deepa M. says:

    I think my 8th grade history teacher (Dr. Russell) was the most inspirational teacher I had. He was a really big cheerleader and encouraged me to explore new subjects and got me involved in science through science olympiad. It’s been many years since I’ve been in school but I still keep in touch via email! Thanks Doc!!

  • 323
    Michelle Benoit says:

    My high school Physics teacher, Mr. Ziemba showed me what a difference caring for individuals makes in a classroon. He encouraged and inspired me.

  • 324
    Lorelle says:

    My 6th grade teacher Mrs. Pierce had the reputation of being tough and scary. However, when she acknowledged a job well done, it made me feel like I was capable of anything.

  • 325
    Joyce M. says:

    My college accounting teacher. He actually made accounting interesting and showed why it was such an important discipline.

  • 326
    Suzanne A. says:

    I don’t know if the nuns I had in Catholic school were the most inspirational, but they certainly were the most memorable. I made sure that I behaved at all times!

  • 327
    Terri Bills says:

    Hands down Miss Noonan. She was my sixth grade reading teacher. Every day she read aloud to the class. I have had a love for reading ever since I was fortunate enough to have her for a teacher.

  • 328
    Selina McGinn says:

    My mom. I had her as my 5th grade teacher.

  • 329
    Carolee McCaslin says:

    Mrs.Green was my favorite teacher who inspired each and every one of her students and made us all feel special!! I ended up becoming a teacher myself:)

  • 330
    Diana Fleming says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my high school art teacher Mr. Aguiair. Besides being an incredibly wonderful teacher, he also truly inspired me and encouraged me to love my artistic talent. He let me sit for hours just pouring over art books, and showed me new things and ways to be creative. I will never forget his beautiful spirit and what he brought to my life with the gift of art.

  • 331
    Cathy Weber says:

    My 9th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Prang…his wife was dying from cancer and he still came to work every day and tried so hard to keep it all together. I have thought of himoften through the years when things are hard for me and realize what an inspiration he was even though I didn’t realize it at the time.

  • 332
    Susan White says:

    Miss Dill – She was the first teacher I had that encouraged me to strive for my best in a nice day rather than yelling it!!

  • 333
    Deb Hudson says:

    Mrs. Bethel my fourth grade teacher. We had no formal classroom and she made school exciting and fun: reading in the park, listening to music and drawing in her car in the parking lot, how to square dance. I have realized she taught me to believe in myself. Beautiful release this month!

  • 334
    Wendy Kerr says:

    My 5th grade teacher Mr. Smith because he made me his “secretary”. It taught me a sense of pride in having extra resposibility and that has continued to give me value in my life :).

  • 335
    Terry Maston says:

    Miss Kidney my 5th grade teacher. She was the reason I Iove to read. She started every school year with a reading challange. I took the challenge and haven’t stopped reading yet.

  • 336
    Karen B. says:

    I had the same teacher through each grade in jr. high for English and Journalism. He was awesome and was encouraging in my grammar and writing skills.

  • 337
    Monica says:

    Ms. Jensen was by far my most favorite teacher.. Who can say they LOVED 8th grade..ha ha! But I looked forward to going to school EVERY DAY.. She was my PE Teacher and Sports was where it was at for me! I would jog to my school which was next to the community spa, about 1.5 miles up a big huge hill each morning at 5:30. We would do weight lifting, basketball & racquetball with a small group of girls that she mentored. Then I always made sure the PE was my first class of the day so I could have a good 2-3 hours of a good workout. She inspired me to always work hard and stay in shape! GREAT MEMORIES!

  • 338
    AOK says:

    I was very lucky to have had many inspirational teachers in junior and senior schools. One lady stands out especially, Mrs Murphy from sixth class in Junior school. She taught us to believe in ourselves, work hard and then have fun.

  • 339
    Dana Kirby says:

    I had so many great teachers, but I would have to say my favorite was Ms. Scolfield. She taught sixth grade and was so inspiring. She loved her job and made learning fun and very engaging.

  • 340
    Leah C. says: 10th grade chemistry teacher. He made the class and even the math involved fun and I aced that class! He was a true teacher.

  • 341
    Linnea says:

    Joyce Battista – 8th grade – took me under her wing during a difficult time in my family life

  • 342
    Mateja P says:

    My geography teacher… He made me go study geography and become a teacher myself πŸ™‚

  • 343
    VikkiCH says:

    My high school music teacher, Mr. Shupe, who provided so many opportunities to grow in my vocal and instrumental skills. Plus he took us on great choir/band tours.

  • 344
    Kristie H says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my 8th grade math teacher. He was unconventional and rewarded unconventional thinking with math. I figured out that math didn’t have to be frustrating and boring. Ultimately I became an engineer partly because he showed me that math wasn’t drudgery.

  • 345
    Pat Whitley says:

    My 6th grade teacher Mrs. Borland. Tough as nails, but so much fun. She is the reason I wanted to become a teacher!

  • 346
    Linda Reilly says:

    Mrs O’Halloran was the best teacher I ever had. She always had a positive attitude and encouraged all of her students to do their best. I still miss her.

  • 347
    Jackie Lic says:

    Miss Costello, Social Studies – She really opened my eyes to how the world would be if we didn’t participate in voting. And so far she hit it right on the nail. That was 41 years ago.

  • 348
    Renee V. says:

    I don’t think I had any one teacher that truly inspired me. They all did in their own ways of teaching.
    One teacher that is standing out to me is my son’s 4th grade teacher. She was born to be a teacher and each and everyday she does so with all the love and passion she has. She has done a fabulous job with my son this year and he has just blossomed as a student!
    That is why this release is so awesome to me! All the teacher products are going in my cart so I can make some pretty things for my son’s teacher!
    Thank you!

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    Pippa67 says:

    Actually that was my sons teacher who said that it is so important to follow your dreams. And so we did. I wish more teachers were like that.

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    Sue N says:

    A female science teacher, which was very rare, as most science teachers were male, proving you can do anything you set your mind to!

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    cathy r says:

    My high school instrumental music teacher inspired me to major in music in college and music has been a huge part of my life ever since.

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    AnitaR says:

    Mr. Ray Greene was one of my most inspirational teachers. I had three years of Latin with him and an advanced literature and composition class with him and we did the school newspaper in that class. He always had lots of humor and we had so much fun in his classes.

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    Sharon W. says:

    Mrs. Holmes…5th grade. No one else liked her because she was “mean” so I never let on how much I liked her! But I just knew that learning was important to her and I did very well in her class. I felt important in her class because her students were important to her.

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    Olga V. says:

    The most inspirational was my geography teacher. She was passionate about her subject and made us passionately curious about all the mysteries and secrets of our dear Earth that both were and yet to be discovered πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    Wendy says:

    My Junior High School Spanish teacher, Miss Diorio, because she demanded excellence and knew how to get it out of us! Tragically she died way to young from breast cancer. We lost an amazing teacher.

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    Krystal G. says:

    My 10th grade world history teacher – I wouldn’t have gone to the college I graduated from without his influence.

    Awesome release!

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    Harriet Skelly says:

    My favorite teacher was my Latin teacher in high school, Mrs. Wickel. She made learning Latin easy and fun!

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    Sandy Phu says:

    His name is Mr. Little. I had him for an accounting course in Highschool. I always wanted to be a Pediatrician but after I took his class, I decided I wanted to be an Accountant. And here I’m working on my CPA exams this year!

  • 359

    The most inspiring teacher I had in school was Mr Neo who teaches me Additional Maths! My result is poor but he never gives up on me…..I am glad that I had such a teacher in my life!

  • 360

    Mrs. Gibbs was my high school history teacher, she was there for me when things were really rough at home. I’m still in touch with her to this day.

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    LauraJane:) says:

    Great question!
    As I look back, I find my most influential teacher was Third grade, Mrs Fleige, who taught me to read. Her husband was my high-school science, Mr. Fliege… he had that special knack of making science interesting to someone totally not into science. Both, made a super teaching team:)

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    char says:

    Mr. Doety! He was wonderfully ancient ! He was a character, smart,happy and loved teaching! He encouraged me and spent a lot of time teaching us in a way that we could relate to!

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    Kathryn A says:

    My Science teacher in grade 7, was very inspirational. I learned more in that year than all of my elementary years, combined! Gifted teacher.

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    Marty says:

    You lades rocked it, another awesome release! I can’t even remember her name but it was my 3rd grade teacher. We had just moved, new city, new school & she took me under her wing. She showed me life lessons…kindness.

  • 365
    Tonya Jastad says:

    My eleventh grade history teacher. He was kind and understanding and made history come alive!

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    Anna Natalia says:

    My chemistry teacher. She made chemistry so fun to learn.

  • 367

    I didn’t have a teacher that influenced me. But I am very impressed by my girl’s teacher. She is full of love and ambition and patience.

  • 368
    Beverly Perdue says:

    This is an easy question. My most inspiration teacher was my business teacher in high school. I admired her so much. She helped me to find a part-time job as part of the work program at school and taught me how to interview and how to be professional.

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    SuzAnn Hertzler says:

    Shirley Thompson. Besides being a great science teacher, she was also the leader of my school’s Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams. She spurred my interest in science during school hours and my engineering and creativity after-hours with our OM challenges and competitions. One year my team even made it to the World Finals competition.

  • 370

    AWESOME Release!! SO EXCITED!! =) I would have to say my 5th Grade teacher Mrs. Stewart and my High School Science Teacher/Track Coach Mr. Helbourge!! Mrs. Stewart was just AWESOME!! She LOOKED AMAZING EVERYDAY and was actually someone I wanted to look like (when I got Old) =) She was SO Inspiring because even though she was SUPER Sweet, she DEMANDED Respect and didn’t let you get away with things, but in a Nice and Powerful way!! =) She ROCKED!! =) Mr. Helbourge actually SAVED my Life!! I LOVED Science and he was just an AMAZING Teacher and made me SUPER Interested in ALL things SCIENCE, but he also became my HERO!! We were on the Bus back from a Meet and I started to feel SICK like I NEVER had before!! In our part of the Country, we sometimes have to travel upwards of 2-3 Hours on a Bus just one way for our Extra Activites such as Volleyball, Football, Basketball Track Ect!! So we were headed home after a Track Meet and we were still about 11/2 away from Home and the Closest Hospital!! The Bus Driver Bernie was my Neighbor and I was REALLY Scared!! I thought I was going to die because I felt SO BAD!! He kept me calm and we made it to the ER! Yep, the WHOLE BUS Drove into the ER Parking Lot and Bernie had to keep EVERYONE on the BUS Calm while MR. Helbourge went into the Hospital with me!! It was BEFORE Cell Phones so they had to call my Parents-we live an 1 hour away from the Hospital so they had to drive an hour still before they could meet me at the Hospital!! In fact, they weren’t home from the met yet, so they didn’t KNOW I was even sick!! Mr.H just had to leave a Message and keep calling back!! He stayed with me while they worked on me and gave consent for them to do what they needed to do!! Come to find out I needed to be RUSHED by AMBULANCE to Children’s Hospital and as soon as they were sending m off my Parents showed up!! It was an EXTREMELY SCARY Experience and I KNOW he has NEVER forgotten about it!! On Graduation day he HUGED me and SAID I’m SO GLAD I’m ABLE to WITNESS this and I WILL NEVER FORGET him and the AMAZING Role Model and Teacher/Coach he is!! THANKS for being AMAZING Mrs. Stewart and Mr. Helbourge!! =)

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    Kathy Mc says:

    Miss Cameron was not only a very dear friend of our family, but she was my 5th grade teacher and elementary school principal. She definitely had control of her classrooms and didn’t put up with riffraff. She encouraged me and challenged me in and out of school until her passing ~ a great inspiration!

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    Janet Wilson says:

    I would have to say Mrs Sharples – she was my Primary 7 teacher (not sure how that equates to the US but I was 11). She moved up to High School at the same time as my year – she taught English and Sports! In Primary I thought she was a bit of a bear but in High School she was marvelous, very patient and a great “mentor” to her students.

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    My 9th grade social studies teacher Mr. Marinski. He really encouraged us to think deeply and outside of the box and made social studies incredibly interesting!

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    Catherine Milne says:

    In junior high I had a science teacher, Mr Pugmire. He inspired me to become a science teacher. At that time women didn’t do the hard sciences. I was the ONLY girl in my physics class in college. I was one of maybe 3 girls in Invertebrate Zoology. Everybody seemed to be pre-med and pre-dental in the biological sciences. A few of us aspired to be teachers. Because of Mr Pugmire I had a great career as a math and science teacher at a local high school and I hope I inspired a few more kids along the way…

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    betty lou says:

    Mrs. Lowrey, my 2nd grade teacher, was the teacher that inspired me to teach the way I did….have fun while learning, work hard, and do your best! Second grade, in turn, was my favorite grade to teach, 23 of my 29 years of teaching!!

  • 376
    Amy M. C. says:

    The most inspirational teacher I had was in 1st grade. She encouraged me in my strengths and made me feel special!

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    Pat A. says:

    My Kindergarten teacher told my mother, in front of me, that I was a very talented artist. From then on, I thought of myself as an artist and pursued art my entire life, even though I did not make it my career. Teachers have incredible power to influence children.

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    Michele H. says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Br. Larry. I went to a private Catholic high school taught by the Christian Brothers of La Salle. Br. Larry taught English, and he really instilled in me a great love for books, literature, poetry in a wonderful, fun way!

  • 379
    Veda Taylor says:

    My high school algebra teacher. Unfortunately I cannot remember his name (too many years have passed). He made algebra make sense, plus he threw erasers at the kids that were goofing off.

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    Bev says:

    Mrs. Kirsten was my third grade teacher and my favorite. I thought she was pretty and liked the way she dressed. She was always patient and kind to me.

  • 381
    Tracy says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my high school advanced biology teacher. I definitely credit him for my love of science and the career path that I have followed. He was a great teacher, and we did such fun experiments in that class from fruit fly breeding to dissection. He was one of the best!

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    OmaGloria says:

    Miss Lacey was my 4th grade teacher (40 years ago) and I will remember her forever. She was a single professional woman!! She was always there with a hug if I needed it and an ear to listen to anything I needed to talk about. I remember getting mad at my mother one day and telling her I was going to run away and go live with Miss Lacey. In the end I didn’t go. lol

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    Diane Payne says:

    Coming from a small community I remember many of my teachers. They all took an interest in the success of every kid and showed kindness and compassion teaching life lessons along the way.

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    Hands down, my most influential teacher was Ms. Sue Neeb. She encouraged all of my wacky ideas, insisting that they weren’t wacky, but genius in disguise. (That includes the prom dress made out of duct tape!) She was my Brit Lit teacher, but more than that, she turned out to be a great friend. She let me eat lunch in her classroom so a group of us could watch British movies and practice our horrible accents. (Even though she called Monty Python mindless drivel…) She always encouraged our creativity and helped us start to think “outside the box”. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be nearly as creative as I am today. I’m truly grateful!

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    Judy Stiles says:

    My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Ficken. I was new to the school and she made me feel very special!

  • 386
    LindaC says:

    Mrs. Dasso….I had her in kindergarten and second grade. She was always encouraging, happy and just made school seem more fun! I still remember her face after all these years πŸ™‚

  • 387
    Steffi H. says:

    Mrs. Goltz, my first and second grade teacher, showed me the lifelong love to crochet. I am still crocheting, and TODAY I turn 43 y. o. :-))

  • 388

    I had a high school Algebra teacher who did the exact same! Erasers and pieces of chalk! His name was Mr. Park and he was also our football coach. One of the best teachers I’ve ever had.

  • 389
    Linda B. says:

    Mrs. Dixon was my most inspirational teacher, who passed away last year. She was one of the first persons who taught me to love myself and everything God created me to be. She taught our Home Economics sewing class and as young girls we would sew clothing for ourselves and sometimes we would complain because the outfit did not fit our bodies right and needed to be adjusted to fit nicely. In high school I was VERY skinny and tall with NO curves at all! πŸ™‚ Some of my classmates were shapely & curvy and I wanted that…LoL!

    But Mrs. Dixon showed and taught me how to appreciate who I was and she assured me that one day I would have ALL OF THAT! Well, she was absolutely right! After 2 babies and almost 25 years of marriage, curves are everywhere! Even in places I don’t want them! LOL! But I love who I am and how I am because God made me like I am…I am fearfully and wonderfully made unique.

  • 390
    Elizabeth S. says:

    Mr. McGinnis. He was not only a great teacher but a very caring person.

  • 391
    Alyssa S says:

    My English teacher, Mr. Oliver. He really pushed me to be a better writer and be accountable when I hadn’t put forth the effort.

  • 392
    Linda Gorman says:

    Mr Zimmer. He made you think outside the box.

  • 393
    kim m says:

    Dr Lynne Webb mentored me and encouraged me to go on and get my masters and Ph.D. She also told me I could TA to earn my degrees. It was when I became a TA that I realized teaching is what I wanted to do. That was over 25 years ago and I have loved every minute of teaching and hope to be able to continue to teach for longer.

  • 394
    Monika Davis says:

    I loved all my teachers and they were all so nice… but I still remember my Russian teacher. She was super nice, but very strict… and because of that, we all excelled. I don’t speak the language any more, and don’t remember much of what I learned (it was so long ago), but I appreciate her teaching method.

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    Dasha says:

    I had the best teacher in 4th grade πŸ™‚ Because of her I decided to become a teacher as well….she was the best πŸ™‚ She was so fair to everyone and funny and strict in the same time…

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    Betty Sue says:

    Mrs. Holiday was my history teacher in 11th grade and I loved her. She was so great and we learned so much. I went to Europe with her! So great!

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    I didn’t go to a traditional school; we were self taught mostly, so the teachers were there just to help, not really to teach. Really, each and every one of them is inspiring because it was a very small Christian school and they didn’t get paid very much (most were probably volunteers). It was more of a ministry to them than a job. And they all really cared about the students–that’s why each and every one of them was there: for us.

  • 398
    Marsha S. says:

    My high school English teacher encouraged me to go on to college. She said you can do whatever you want no matter what the future brings.

  • 399
    Sally K says:

    My dear, sweet 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Helen Peck was the teacher who taught me that reading opened up all kinds of doors. She taught me to LOVE the written word, and all kinds of books, she said books “are our friends”. Thank you Mrs. Peck for all the children you showed how powerful reading can be.

  • 400
    Jamie Vanskiver says:

    My sixth grade math teacher. She stayed after school with me for weeks until I understood everything! She even brought in props to help me-lol. She made me feel smart and special:)

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    Noreen says:

    Mrs. Doolen – my daughter’s first grade teacher. At the first parent/teacher meeting she said, “Every student in my class will excel at something!” How could the whole class not succeed? She came to that same daughter’s wedding when she was almost 90.

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    April C. says:

    Mrs. Noon reached out to me and made learning an adventure. She encouraged me to have confidence.

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    Shannon N. says:

    My 10th grade Humanities teacher was fantastic. She was the first (perhaps only?) high school teacher I had who spoke to the students like their ideas and opinions mattered, and taught us that we should questions things and think for ourselves.

  • 404
    Pat Q says:

    My English composition teacher. She demanded a lot of writing, but I learned so much. She was definitely proactive.

  • 405
    Susan G says:

    Mrs. Richter. She was my first grade, and then due to school shuffling, also my second grade teacher. The one who taught us to read, write, math, how to use paste properly. Yes, I was born in the dark ages, before computers. (Had to learn using our minds). She was more like a Grandma, really. Very kind and always supportive. I really cared for her.

  • 406
    Margie C says:

    My second grade teacher, Mrs. Fueller, was my favorite. I won a contest in her classroom and she picked me up at my house to take me to a double feature movie!

  • 407
    Greta H says:

    My parents were more inspirational than any teachers, but I have always remembered my Jr High typing teacher. She helped me understand that everything in life is important, even if it seems unrelated. Boy was she right as my typing skills made life as a college nursing student so much easier & I’ve used my typing skills many times over the years.

  • 408
    Gina Florencia says:

    For me it was my Chemistry teacher! She was very smart! She can make you feel like chemistry was easy!!….Gina F

  • 409
    Rudi says:

    Mrs. Anderson! She introduced me to scrapbooking and preserving memories! I will never forget her happy attitude and enthusiasm for having fun and crafting!

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    Carol b says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Sister Clarise. She was so patient and encouraging, always finding something that made everyone excel as an individual .
    Carol b(cc)

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    Petti says:

    Back in my secondary school days there was a substitute teacher who I found I love the most. I can see that she put lots of heart/effort in the teaching material and her class is fun. A truly inspiring teacher.

  • 412
    Sue McIsaac says:

    Mrs. S., my high school English teacher. She pushed you to think and read and write, but in a way that made you want to improve. Think of her often. Thanks!

  • 413
    E Lily says:

    My 6th teacher was the Best!!
    He was lot of fun and very kind,
    and also he came our wedding,too!

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    Robin in Washington says:

    I can’t really say that I connected with any teacher. I was a good student, but shy.

  • 415
    Sharon H. says:

    My 6th grade teacher, Mrs Shumann was the one I remember most fondly. She exposed us to so many wonderful books and read to us everyday. Even as sixth graders we loved the time after lunch spent hearing great stories. She taught us to love reading, something I’ll always be thankful for.

  • 416
    Lynne S in GS says:

    My mom and 2 siblings were/are teachers and of course inspiring – but – my beloved band teacher (5th grade thru 12th grade) just made an amazing impression on me about, hard work, striving beyond, and achieving anything we set our minds to. I’m many years past band, but he still calls on mine and my husband’s birthdays. (20 plus years later!)

  • 417
    Vicki Smith says:

    My typing and shorthand teacher, Mrs. Juanita Hatfield. She was such a warm and encouraging person and because of her teaching I chose to become a secretary after high school. I strived to be my best for her. To this day, I LOVE to type.

  • 418

    My 7th grade teacher Mr. DeVer. He helped me discover a confidence in my self and a purpose for my life. Up to then I was scraping by with low C’s in all my subjects. I went on to graduate with top honors in high school and college.

  • 419

    In second grade, I had a teacher named Mrs. Bryer, she had us make collages for our book reports and encouraged us to visualize the stories! What an amazing person she was. I think that to this day she still inspires me in my papercrafting… πŸ™‚

  • 420
    Leslie S. says:

    My 12th grade accounting teacher was a total inspiration. She was fun and encouraging and always had kind words.

  • 421

    Mrs. Beckwith and Miss Woolridge, cooking and music, they both taught ways to express myself with things I enjoy doing.

  • 422
    Donna Kay says:

    My 9th grade English teacher Mr. McKensey made English fun, not my favorite subject but it was that year.

  • 423
    Joyce says:

    That is such a good question, I was just talking about teachers that were not inspirational and could easily identify them. Influential is much harder to come up with one unfortunately. But I think I would have to say my high school biology teach, not that he did anything amazing in the class room but that he was just easy to relate to compared to teachers that really tried to belittle students.

    But the most influential teacher that I have had the horor of knowing was not one of my teachers but one of my daughters. I actually went to high school with her, she was just a year older then myself. She was my daughters 7th grade algebra teacher. She was so kind and supportive. My daughter was in 7th grade when I had a stroke and I remember her being so supportive of Ashlyn and just kind and helpful. Sitting down with her for a parents teacher conference was like a big weight being lifted from my shoulders. Unfortunately a few years later she died from cancer leaving behind two young sons and her husband that she was with all thru high school.

  • 424
    Kristine McGee says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr Fowle, he had Kore faith in me then I did in myself. He even said he would pay for my college if I went into programming, unfortunately I didn’t take him up on that:(, and I regret it. At the time all I wanted was to find Mr. Right, getting married and having children. Love my family, but I wish I had an career.

  • 425
    Sue McW says:

    Sister Rita. She was the coolest nun that ever lived. She was my high school librarian and dance team coach.

  • 426
    Sue D says:

    My college biology professor motivated me to do my absolute best.

  • 427
    crestajune says:

    My high school History teacher, Mr. Olson. Most of the kids thought his classes were hard, but he pushed us to excel. I always appreciated that about him.

  • 428
    Dianna Torrez says:

    Mrs. Burke was my 7th grade Anatomy and Dance teacher. She encouraged me to go beyond my preconceived limits in both classes.

  • 429
    Elle says:

    The teacher that inspired me the most was Jack Kelly my high school English Honors teacher. There are no words to describe how smart he is and the time & details that he put into teaching us. He was strict no doubt and it wasn’t til many many years later that I realized how awesome he was.

  • 430
    lisa808 says:

    Miss Cook, 9th grade English–she was cool and fun.

  • 431
    Jacquie says:

    I had Mr. Ramsey for 6th & 7th grade. He inspired me to keep reading aloud to my kids long past the point most parents stop.

  • 432
    darla s. says:

    I would have to say all of my college professors had the most profound influence on my life. So thankful for excellent teachers who invest in their students lives!

  • 433
    Julie Miro says:

    I was blessed to have several good teachers. The one who pops into my mind first was Mrs. Madison. She was my second grade teacher–an excellent teacher who cared about her students and had total control of her classroom.

  • 434
    Melind Bream says:

    Mrs.Morrissey was my third grade teacher. To this day, she remains my favorite because we were always encouraged to use our imaginations and be creative.

  • 435
    Sydney G says:

    My 2nd grade teacher impacted my education and my faith. It is a blessing to have her guide me though my first communion as well as my regular studies. She gave us the best of herself and inspired us to be our best, even if we didn’t always do our best.

  • 436
    Penne Lambert says:

    6th grade. Mr Kennedy was young, cute and strict. He taught me to be me and like myself!

  • 437
    Julie says:

    My high school teacher, Mrs. “J” – she was fun, creative, and was genuinely interested in us girls (I
    minored in PE because of her influence).

  • 438
    Betty says:

    My high school biology teacher, Mrs. Marshall, stands out because of her incredible patience. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • 439
    Audrey says:

    My high school English teacher inspired us to do our best

  • 440

    I remember my first grade teacher was very encouraging and the vibe in the classroom was fun and positive. Fortunately, my children have had many fantastic teachers who really cared and went above and beyond to help them.

  • 441
    Teri says:

    My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Eavy. She had a farm and we had our end of the year party at the farm – it was so memorable.

  • 442

    Sister Mary John Damian, BVM– You taught a mixed class of 4th and 5th graders in 1960, where I learned to love reading and the power of a truly compassionate teacher.

  • 443
    Connie Fisher says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Sheldon Jones. He was my high school shorthand and typing teacher. He was fun and a great teacher. He truly cared about every student and wanted them to succeed in life. He had many visits with me about what I wanted to do when I graduated. He even helped me apply for a grant for school after hours. He was also my driver’s ed teacher and bus driver. Such a kind man – I really miss him – he passed away a few years ago.

  • 444
    Becky P. says:

    The most inspirational teacher I had was my fifth grade teacher, Mr. McFarland. He made learning fun and you felt like you were the most important person, when you were in his class. He had point auctions twice a year, and you saved stamps from your homework to use as “money”. It was a lot of fun and I learned a ton. Made a lot of great friends that year too.

  • 445
    Kristen S. says:

    Mr. Cava, he was definitely my favorite. He taught the kids an after school ukelele class that was so fun! He taught us with encouragement and made everyone feel part of the “team”.

  • 446
    LillyBee says:

    My music teacher!

  • 447
    Laura O says:

    My nursing school professors πŸ™‚

  • 448
    himmelsengelkind says:

    My choir teacher for sure

  • 449
    LauraB says:

    The most inspirational teacher I had was my third grade teacher she was just like Ms Frizzle

  • 450
    Natasha Kara says:

    Mr Lowry. He was by no means the fun friendly teacher we all loved. He was serious and demanded our best efforts. As the years go by, I realize that he and the kessons he taught have stayed with me more than other teachers.

  • 451
    Caren says:

    My high school biology teacher got me so interested in biology, I majored in it for college πŸ™‚

  • 452
    Beatrice Lawson says:

    Actually two people share the title… Mrs. Ionescu, my history teacher between 5th and 8th grade, because her passion and knowledge inspired her class not only to love history, but also to think critically and put in perspective all the major world events…. And Mr. Murray, the accounting professor I had in grad school, who was a wonderful mentor; despite my dislike for his subject he succeeded in making it engaging and clear, and when I ran I to personal difficulties he went to bat for me, with the school, the Dean and everyone else. Fabulous people, both of them. And now that I am thinking of them, I will be making cards to send with an acknowledgment of how much they have meant to me.

  • 453
    Becky Green says:

    I LOOOVED my Art Teacher, Mrs. Lane. I was lucky enough to have her from 6th grade through 9th grade. She was gentle & encouraging & she found little jobs for me to do outside of school that just enhanced my love of art! She always acted like she was in awe of me! I needed someone to feel that way. She was the person God placed in my life at that time to do that! πŸ˜‰

  • 454
    cynthia says:

    Mrs. Jakes second grade teacher. She was just amazing and I will never forget her. Thanks Cynthia

  • 455
    D'Ann says:

    I don’t think I had one inspirational teacher but I did have a school that I went to (2nd through 8th grade) and all the little lessons I learned there has guided me my entire life.

  • 456
    Lorraine says:

    It would have to be my high school accounting teacher. She was tough, but I know she believed in me and wanted me to succeed.

  • 457
    Mendi Yoshikawa says:

    My favorite Teacher was Mrs. Girard in the third grade. She was so sweet and made learning fun. Her room was in the old library so they took out the waist high bookshelves around the room, carpeted the bottom and made a about 20 reading cubbies out of them. It was magical for an eight year old! πŸ™‚

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    nancy says:

    With the flowers budding and birds chirping again, it got me thinking about my 7th grade science teacher. Learning about ecology, photosynthesis, the four seasons, etc. It’s amazing how it all works together.

  • 459
    Jelenzini says:

    I gave this question some thought. Originally I thought of two grade school teachers. Then my mother. Then it came to me! My children! They taught me to love unconditionally. Isn’t that the most important lesson in life?

  • 460
    Amy O says:

    I was blessed to have had many good teachers. One that really stands out for me was Mrs. Dial, my fourth grade teacher. She made me feel like I was smart and that I could do anything.

  • 461
    Sue McRae says:

    I always remember my 1st grade teacher Mrs Bailey for making school fun and educational. She was the one that started my love of learning.

  • 462
    Maye M.L. says:

    My professor of Bacterial Phisiology in university. Especially when she showed a beautiful presentation of a bacteriophage in action, that is a virus infecting a bacterial cell. Science is awe inspiring. This was definitely one of the exciting points in my professional career as a research scientist and inspired me to become a “good” teacher. Cheers!

  • 463
    Penny Douphinett says:

    Ron Gwiazda, my 11th grade English teacher helped me more than he ever knew get through a very difficult time. He believed in my abilities and let me know there was someone in my corner while holding me accountable for my work. His classroom was a safe environment for me, something I desperately needed.

  • 464
    Lemalie says:

    My favorite teacher was my AP English teacher. She opened my eyes to to the various classic books in the world, and helped me learn about writing. I will forever be grateful to her! Thank you for the amazing release and the chance to win!

  • 465
    Barbara Schmidt says:

    It was so long ago that I was in school that i don’t remember her name but it was my 9rh grade math teacher. She was my mentor when I decided to also become a math teacher. She showed me how to love math!

  • 466
    pat phillips says:

    I went to so many schools growing up it is hard to answer that, but I do remember a sunday school teacher who made an impact on my life.

  • 467
    Dorothy Hodgson says:

    I really loved all my teachers in school. I had so many good ones, it’s hard to just pick one. Here’s a shout out to every teacher out there! We appreciate you! Great job PTI team on this month’s release!

  • 468
    Shannon Murdock says:

    Mrs. Carol Ghaffari. my 5th grade teacher, is my all-time favorite! She was also my TAG teacher and she made being smart fun and cool. All the other kids were jealous of the projects we got to do. She make me feel proud to be smart and taught me to work & and always do my best. She is one of the main reasons I am a teacher today!!

  • 469
    susan h. says:

    Mrs. Fisher was a very strict teacher who taught us well. Love Erin’s kit! Love the whole release!

  • 470
    Barbara Leonard says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my choir teacher. Singing was what I lived for at the time, and he taught me a lot.

  • 471
    Denise Bryant says:

    Mrs. Moe was my daughter’s preschool teacher and she was amazing… so encouraging to each child and really zeroed in on them.

  • 472
    Debbie Wilson says:

    My sixth grade teacher, Mrs Oliver, had a huge impact on me. She was very influential in teaching me good penmanship skills. I am a nurse and because of Mrs Oliver, no one has ever said they could not read my writing. We had a penmanship lesson several times a week. This is a skill that has been lost due to keyboards. I did not realize how important this would be.

  • 473
    DanelleB says:

    My 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Martin. She was my favorite. She was an artist and encouraged me to draw. I actually still see her today around town, it’s such a treat. What a great lady.

  • 474
    Michelle Lauly says:

    I had a couple awesome coaches in school who helped me learn the value of hard work on the court. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. Thank you! I love all the new release products. School supplies make me happy!

  • 475
    Lynne in NI says:

    Mr Moore, my French teacher. He scared the devil out of us for the first couple of years, and then as we moved up through school, we realised he was such a brilliant teacher. He’s helped me after leaving school, being willing to write references for me and helped me get my first job.

  • 476
    Mel Tallman says:

    Ms Phillips my 7&8 grade special ed teacher. She believed in me when I felt no one else did. She helped me believe in myself and that I just needed to work a bit harder than my fellow student but I could do anything they could do. It changed my whole outlook on school and changed my average GPA of 2.0 to a 4.0. Best of all this outlook helped me challenge a teacher in High school that said I couldn’t take a class because it was too hard, and by the end of that year I was getting an award from said teacher for being the top in the State.

  • 477
    Diana K says:

    Mr. Atkins, my seventh and eighth grades English teacher. He was cute, loved English literature and poetry and commanded so much respect in the classroom. They call me “Mister Atkins”, not Kirk.

  • 478
    Felicita says:

    My 3rd grade teacher Sister Pauline – she made sure that we had the best penmanship and that we always strived to have the best integrity in all that we did.

  • 479

    I have two! One was my ninth grade algebra teacher, Mr. Green. He was always so positive and helpful, giving each of us all the time we needed to understand what was for me a difficult subject. And my 5th/6th grade teacher, Mr. Schraden. Everyone in his class adored him! Besides being an all-round great teacher, I will never forgot the special times he set for reading some of the classics to the class. My favorites were Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn!

  • 480
    Kristi Poling says:

    So many teachers come to mind, haven’t forgot most of them. I would have to say Ms. Harper, most didn’t care for her, me I invited her to the Top Ten Banquet. I have a love for English because of her.

  • 481
    Glenda Lee Nutting says:

    Seventh grade–Sister Francis Loretta. She was young, caring, and believed in me. Taught me to believe in myself.

  • 482
    Dana W says:

    My teacher Mrs. Hadd. I’m dyslexic and she was with me for many years from intermediate to middle school. There were lots of times i wanted to just give up and she kept pushing for me no to give up!! I probably wouldn’t have made it as far if it wasn’t for her!

  • 483
    Raquel says:

    My 3rd grade teacher Mrs Aduato-my story is very emotional-I was a scared little girl and did not like for my Mama to leave-as I always thought something bad would happen to her. After a couple of weeks of my teacher letting me sit by her and have lunch with me-and than telling me my Mama would be okay–I finally was able to sit at my desk and have my lunch. I admire her because she took some fear away from me and gave me the confidence to know my Mama would be okay. She was amazing and had a big heart!!

  • 484
    Kylie Z says:

    My second grade teacher who read to us every time and made me fall in love with books.

  • 485
    Julie Rae says:

    My high school English & Lit teacher, Miss Miller. She was not really likeable but I had never encountered a teacher so enthusiastic about her subjects. Who in the world gets excited about sentence diagramming? Miss Miller. She was contagious in her fervor. I was college ready in English Grammar and Literature and I have her to thank for that

  • 486
    Mimi R says:

    My fav teacher was from my college days. It was a humanities course and this instructor would come dressed as whatever era we were studying about. It sure made the class much more interesting than just a lecture only course.

  • 487
    Sally says:

    My kindergarten teacher Mrs.Gregor. She was wonderful and I remember how encouraging she was, when I could not decide what I wanted to be when I grew up,lol. turns out it was a teacher all along…

  • 488
    Cheryl I says:

    My third grade teacher, Mrs. Huntley. She was firm but kind. I was so shy and she noticed me anyway and was a great encourager.

  • 489
    BeccyH says:

    My 6th grade teacher, Mrs Butler. She encouraged my passion for writting.

  • 490
    Tammie Koehnen says:

    My art teacher in 10-12th grade Mr. Kumsha. He pushed me always to do and be more, and give my full potential. It made me a better artist today and I always admired him for giving me a push.

  • 491
    Deann Donohue says:

    My favorite was Mrs. Haake! She was always so kind and taught me how to get through all my bullies!

  • 492
    Melissa Hannant says:

    Mr. Bosworth in 10th and 12th grade. He taught with no books. We had to take a massive amount of notes every day. He was so passionate about history and to this day, 22 years later, I still remember every thing he taught me. I even kept my notes! He inspired me to want to know more about history and our world.

  • 493
    Diana F says:

    My 7th grade math teacher helped me to discover my love of numbers. Math was always my favorite subject, the more complicated the better. To this day, I still play with my numbers. I am a tax accountant.

  • 494
    MissAnn says:

    A middle school teacher that believed in me and urged me to do things I woulnd’t have otherwise. She changed my life.

  • 495
    Candice L. says:

    The most inspirational teacher for me was my art teacher in junior high who’s encouragement has taught me to pursue my dreams and to never give up.

  • 496
    Vicki says:

    Most inspirational teacher was my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Hastings. Can’t believe I can still remember his name! He was my first “man” teacher and just seemed to possess a lot of knowledge and he opened different worlds to me.

  • 497
    Kim says:

    Mrs. Holmes, my 12th grade Government Teacher. My senior year was 80-81′ so we spent lots of time on the Reagan-Carter election. As we studied both parties and what they stood for, I knew that I fell into the catagory of Conservative Republican. At 52 yrs old, I still am very interested in politics and government procedures. I feel that the love for her class has kept me striving to be an informed citizen, a Patriotic American, and a proud Republican. No matter which side of the politicsl spectrum you fall on, I wish more people would pay attention to what’s going on in their goverment and how it works.

  • 498
    Lisa S. says:

    My math teacher, Mrs. Stulc, was tough but gracious and I still think of her today!

  • 499
    Kathy Krug says:

    My algebra teacher who made algebra fun.

  • 500
    Kim says:

    Whoops… Politcal spectrum not politicsl.

  • 501
    Jen says:

    I’d have to say Mrs. Carpinski. She boosted my self esteem
    and gave me the courage to believe in myself, I will always
    be grateful for that!

  • 502
    Janice Marcham says:

    I guess it would have to be Mrs. Lesure. She was my freshman English teacher who made me decide I wanted to pursue a career in teaching.

  • 503
    Sheri Elmont says:

    I always loved my HS Choir teacher Mrs. Fossum. She loved us and loved music and inspired us to do our best and enjoy the music. I’m so glad I am still in contact with her via FB.

  • 504
    Sharon D says:

    I always had excellent English teachers–Mrs. Tarski in junior high and Mrs. Huckabee in high school. I also had an excellent Latin teacher–Miss Bickley. I wish I had started Latin my freshman year, so I could have taken four years of it, instead of just two.

  • 505
    Holly Saveur says:

    I don’t have a special teacher….they all did their job and learned me things..some better then others…had some were bad too….

  • 506
    Wendy says:

    My reading teacher in the 2nd grade – she introduced me to interesting books that sparked my love of reading.

  • 507

    Dr. Neil Anderson, my college Biochemistry teacher was the most inspirational teacher that I had. He was dynamic, energetic and passionate about what he did. There were no failures or bad grades in his class because no one wanted to disappoint him. He was not a pushover — he expected you to work — and everyone did. There is nothing more inspirational in a teacher than encouraging everyone to learn.

  • 508
    Barb W says:

    My sixth grade teacher, our first male teacher, his first year of teaching, and he was the best. He taught all of us how to grow up, be ladies and gentlemen, and that is a tough age. He attended our high school graduation and gave us each an envelope, inside was what we had written about ourselves the first day of fifth grade, along with a copy of the poem, “Myself” which we recited in his class. He was the best!!

  • 509
    Lynn Hardy says:

    Mrs Makin was my favourite teacher in High School. She taught English and had a real passion for it, which was contagious!

  • 510
    JosieDeeDee says:

    I had a college professor who really cared about me as a person and who went out of her way to help me learn what I needed to know in order to be a success in my profession. She saw in me the potential to do well even when I doubted my abilities.

  • 511
    MTPatB says:

    My most inspirational teacher was Mr. Pat Williams in the 6th grade. He didn’t treat us as little children, but more like the responsible adolescents he wanted us to become. He had a terrific sense of humor and somehow managed to make each day at school fun. He later became a U.S. senator, which is another indicator of his good character.

  • 512
    Jeni says:

    Ms. Storey/Mrs. Flatness now. She saw an area I excelled in & gave me more opportunities to explore that direction.

  • 513
    Gina says:

    I had so many excellent teachers throughout my school days – from primary school through high school and into college. My favorite, though, was my chemistry teacher during my senior year of high school, Bill Wood. His way to teaching, of relating to his students, and his passion for the classes he taught made learning…not just memorizing enough to pass a test…important to all of us! What I learned from him got me through a horrible Chem101 class my freshman year of college.

  • 514
    Roxanne says:

    My 4th grade teacher Miss Weaver. She was so inspiring, and engaging. She used to let me stay after school and clean off her chalkboard. I felt like it was such an honor to do that for her. She had a way of making me feel very special, to her. Love these school products – brings me right back to that time!

  • 515
    Cynthia Berquist says:

    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Carol Prince. She taught piano and always inspired me to play music I loved, even if the piece would take months to learn. Her gifts to me were accepting the lessons of dedication, imperfection, and joy.

  • 516
    sarah.boirin says:

    Mr Collins – he was my Maths and also my Sports teacher at Middle School – loved those lessons!

  • 517
    Craftyfield says:

    My English teacher in Junior high, she managed to get me interested and work my socks off!

  • 518
    Maureen W. says:

    Mr. V (also known as Mr. Van Canfort) was my senior high history teacher and even though history was always my worst subject, he made me love it! He also encouraged me to be my best and listened when I needed to talk about stuff. Best teacher ever!

  • 519
    AllysonA says:

    Another fantastic week of PTI release inspiration. πŸ˜‰ I am loving all the new products, and I am excited to have them in my stash. Thanks for the fun week and the chance to win!

  • 520
    Elizabeth T. says:

    My fifth grade teacher made a special effort to connect with her students. She would send a postcard every now and then simply to say “hi.” To this day (many decades later), I can still recall the lift in self-esteem that I felt on receiving those postcards.

  • 521
    Caroline says:

    My third grade teacher, Mrs. Ritchie. I learned a lot but my favorite thing was that we all got to collect butterflies and moths and put them in a protective case to keep. I learned all the names and still wow my great-grandchildren that I still know the names. I still have the case after 70 years.

  • 522
    RedGem says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my 10th grade math teacher. Until then I was like an air-head on math, no one else had ever shown me how to look at numbers and not cringe! They were fun and I remember more of her teachings than any other person!

  • 523
    StephInOK says:

    My favorite and most inspiring teacher was Mrs. Whitmire – my drama coach. I think she knew more about what motivated me, and what/who held me back – self-esteem wise – than I figured out at the time. I will always be grateful for her inspiration and honesty.

  • 524
    Amanda says:

    That’s tough to answer, as I didn’t have many exceptional teachers. So, I’d have to go with Mr. Zeigler, my high school physics teacher. He was stinkin’ hilarious and made a difficult college level physics course fun.

  • 525
    Jen Carter says:

    I loved Ms. Tatro. She helped bring me out of my shell and taught me how to speak to a crowd!

  • 526

    Kathy Ward… high school English/Drama teacher. She gave a very shy little Freshman a one-line walk-on part in the UIL One-Act-Play …..that little vote of confidence completely changed me

  • 527
    Pat Bruce says:

    Mr. Jones was my 7th grade math teacher. We didn’t have middle school then (not to tell you that I’m 55 years old and that was a long time ago {wink-wink-nudge-nudge} so when I left his class I was heading straight for the big house. Yes, high school. He encouraged me to pursue a higher level of math as I entered high school. It was tough but looking back on that decision now, it really had a huge impact on my circle of friends as well. So, I contribute Mr. Jones with my many “good” friends and my math skills.

  • 528
    Jan says:

    Mr. Hinz, my 6th grade teacher, recognized me as one of his top students at the end of that year. He wrote each of us a personal letter at that time and in mine said he thought I could easily be in the top 20 of my senior graduating class (our high school didn’t name a valedictorian). His praise inspired me to work hard in the years between and I did find myself among that number!

  • 529

    My trigonometry teacher in high school was also our athletic trainer. She was amazing! She made a hard subject for me understandable, nursed back several of my athletic injuries, and was such a kind, funny, smart, and all around amazing person.

  • 530
    Lee Anne says:

    As a teacher, I always love this question, but there are far too many teachers for me to name. I just hope I’m one of those teachers for my students!

  • 531
    Susan says:

    My high school english teacher, she took so much time with me. I am a math mind and english did not come easy to me. I gained so much confidence working with her!

  • 532

    Mr. Antonio de Obaldia. He was my 4th and 5th grade teacher and to this day remains my favorite teacher. He inspired me to reach my goals; he made me realize that just because I was a (black) girl from a Third World country, I couldn’t achieve my dreams. His words of encouragement have been with me through my life journey!

  • 533
    Geri G says:

    Mr. McDermot – my Grade 6 teacher (who was also the school principal) never quit smiling! I often wondered if his cheeks hurt by the end of the day! His kind and caring personality was sincere and made every student WANT to learn…and behave πŸ™‚

  • 534
    Peggy Allen says:

    I had a teacher in 6th grade whose husband was MIA/military. She was a wonderful and caring teacher. Also my LE instructor in college was the best.
    God bless,

  • 535
    Suzanne Mooney says:

    My science teacher in High School. Mr. Lewis. He was one of the coolest teachers I had. He made sure that we knew it was okay to be different πŸ™‚

  • 536
    Maria Rentas says:

    Mr. Matovich. He was strict, eccentric, no one liked him and called him a communist, but I liked him. He gave me a second chance when he could have failed me and believed in me. Once said to me that he could give me his wallet full of money and knew without a doubt that I would return it intact! That meant a lot to me and made me work harder.

  • 537
    Diane says:

    My most inspirational teacher was one who cared about his students both in the classroom and outside the classroom. He was an encourager and showed it by teaching and by his lifestyle.

  • 538
    Natalie Winterstein says:

    For most of my academic career I was homeschooled, so it’s pretty easy to pick my most influential teacher – my mom! πŸ™‚ She sacrificed a lot to stay home and teach us. I appreciate it more and more as the years go by!

  • 539
    Jennifer T. says:

    Incredible release! I love all the new school themed sets and dies. So awesome to celebrate teachers! Miss. Barr was my most memorable teacher. I was going thru rough times at home and she was always there with a big smile and loving hug when I needed her. All teachers rock!

  • 540
    Dgolly says:

    What a great release! My art teacher was my inspiration. She taught me to try new things and believe in myself.

  • 541
    Jennifer Story says:

    My Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Fink, was the best ever. I just remember loving school and her.

  • 542
    Sandy N. says:

    I was fortunate enough to have had many wonderful teachers. Mrs. Borden, my 4th grade teacher would read Charlotte’s Web during quiet time which I looked forward to and was sad when reading time was up. I missed the mark with my sons, but with retirement and time, I was able to read the book to my grandchildren and I think they enjoyed it as much as I did.

  • 543
    theCook says:

    I love this release… Love the paper clip dies!
    My most inspirational teacher was a maths teacher, he was so great that he gave me the wish to become a maths teacher too. I finally changed my mind and chose another career, but that idea of becoming a maths teacher helped me to stay focused for years at school!

  • 544
    Anne B says:

    Hard to single one teacher out because they were all good, but my High School english and history teachers really helped foster a love of those subjects which I’ve always been grateful for.

  • 545
    wendi says:

    Mrs. Stapleton, my 3rd grade teacher. She is the reason I became a teacher and have been teaching for 24 years!

  • 546
    Karyn S says:

    Mr T. He cared about his students and was fun to be around.

  • 547
    AlienAnessa says:

    Most inspiration teacher…what a cool question! I would have to say that Mr. Price, my high school pre-calc and programming teacher, was quite inspirational because he kept insisting that we learn calculus and learn as much about “PCs” as we can, since they were going to become huge “one day.” Yes, Mr. Price, I would say they have not only become huge, but now I write software for those “PCs”!!! LOL

  • 548
    Charmaine says:

    My 6th grade teacher…she just made learning fun!

  • 549
    Felicia says:

    My favorite teacher was my Business Teacher Ms. Cooper. She naught only taught us the basics of business but she prepared us on how to enter into the working society. She was such a positive influence that I still rely on her her teachings today.

  • 550
    Melissa Ladd says:

    I’ve had a lot of great teachers…one that stands the most is my high school choir director. He was so good and taught us a lot. Because of him I am the singer I am today and continue to sing as an adult!

  • 551
    Sandy Vincent says:

    My 10th grade World History teacher, Mr. Bovberg. You could tell he loved us and he loved what he did, he truly made history come alive for me.

  • 552
    Ann Lind says:

    That would have to be Mrs. MacLeod she was our home ec teacher and she demanded perfection. If it wasn’t right pick it out and redo it. The lesson learned was always do your best and settle for no less!!

  • 553
    Rema Timm says:

    My third grade teacher, Mrs. Memhardt. Everyone loved her. She was young,kind and thoughtful. Unfortunately she passed away while I was one of her students leaving behind four little children of her own…

  • 554
    Pat from sd says:

    Mr. Whitnah, my math teacher, was very inspirational. I had him for 3 different math classes up to AP Calculus and he always made math fun to learn and did a great job at teaching it too.

  • 555
    Melissa Flieg says:

    I would say Mr. Bond my advanced math teacher in high school. He help inspire my love of math.

  • 556
    Fiona Cullen says:

    My favourite teacher was Mr Cann my high school Physics teacher, he made me love science and problem solving – now I am a scientist so his influence really paid off!

  • 557
    Ann says:

    My first grade teacher. She made learning so fun. I still remember being so motivated to learn my addition/subtraction because I wanted to win her “game” called “Around the World”, where you had to say the answer to each problem the fastest as you went from desk/student to desk/student. So fun and I was learned a lot from her.

  • 558
    Tammy Mohr says:

    My 5th grade teacher was awesome. I wish I could remeber his name. I was in a test school. There were no walls between classrooms, only dividers. The library seating was a large pit. You just sat on the steps. And you earned points so you could do things like spend homework time in a cube while listening to music. I loved it.

  • 559
    Krissie says:

    My 10th grade AP English teacher was the best. She always had innovative ideas and made learning to read/write so much more fun.

  • 560
    Penny P. says:

    My high school business teacher. She prepared me for real life situations to come.

  • 561
    Patty says:

    My math teacher in high school was the best, as a teacher and one who would always encourage you to do your best in everything. He was really easy to talk to as well.

  • 562
    Robin Burgeson says:

    My third grade teacher, Mrs. Baker, really instilled in me the love of reading. To this day I have at least 3 audio books going daily, and a book to read at bedtime.

  • 563
    lady gray says:

    My computer teacher in 6th grade when computers were so new (early 80s). He saw something in me and told me to pursue a career in it. I listened and have been a successful programmer for many years now.

  • 564
    Vickie Davis says:

    Mrs. Gwen Helfer was the most wonderful lady. She not only taught knowledge, she taught life & people skills using actions. We later became friends. I consider myself lucky to have known her.

  • 565
    Euna Sahng says:

    My Physics teacher in my last year of high school probably left the greatest impression. He was passionate and was constantly looking for ways to help us learn all those difficult physics theories in practice πŸ™‚

  • 566
    C Flood says:

    My 5th grade teacher Mr. Stran.
    He made learning fun and yet always taught us the lesson at hand.

  • 567
    Nancy M says:

    My most inspirational teacher for me was Mrs. Jean Sachs, and for my daughter, Mr. Andrew Williams. Both taught fifth grade, but they had very different styles. They were same in that they cared about their students’ learning and pushed them to do better than their anticipated best. They also made the classroom a place of discovery. What special gifts they shared.

  • 568
    Sue says:

    Mrs. Faber was my son’s grade 3, 4, 5, and 6th grade teacher. She is an amazing and gifted educator who can think outside the box for a variety of learning styles. She taught my son to be a crticial thinker.

  • 569
    Erin Bigler says:

    Actually, 1st grade…she got me over the terror of going to school for the first time!

  • 570
    Leslie Scholes says:

    Mrs. Fisher, my 4th grade teacher, was both strict and encouraging & quick to praise.

  • 571

    Mrs. Harwood–grade 3, she said I would make a great teacher one day and Ii did in fact become a teacher. I hope that wasn’t because I was bossy! πŸ˜‰

  • 572
    Colleen Howell says:

    Have to say Mrs Long my Algebra teacher, I was failing she had me come to her home after school and she taught me one on one by the time she was done I had not only learned how to do the equations, I was making up my own and finding the answers.

  • 573
    Zena B. says:

    Miss Levine (we were allowed to call her Joyce) was my English teacher in Grade 10. She had the most influence on me by teaching me to speak my mind.

  • 574
    Bonnie T. says:

    My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. McGarity, inspired to bece a teacher myself. She had high expectations, was a great motivator, and could always make me laugh.

  • 575
    Cele Schaffer says:

    My kindergarten teacher because my mother was dying of cancer and she helped me fell safe and secure at school. I can remember getting that new box of big crayons and pink eraser just like it was yesterday. I think my love of crafting supplies came from that time…

  • 576
    Helen LeBrett says:

    I loved my 9th grade gym teacher: she graded us on participation and showing up, and not just on sports prowess. And she also had 1 day where she brought in healthy food for us to try, to show us that physical fitness was more than just seeing who could hit the ball the farthest. I loved her!

  • 577
    Liz Krumins says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my band teacher. He took 60 kids with all different musical abilities and had us playing as one. He had no assistant, it was just him. Looking back I’m still in awe of him.

  • 578
    Sue says:

    Miss McDougall – because she was able to explain calculus to me in term I could understand!

  • 579
    SWR Donna says:

    I hated science class. SO-O boring! But Mrs Stegmaier was my junior high science teacher and she made me teach the class one day! It meant tons that she trusted me to do it, and she helped out, because let’s face it- it WAS junior high and she didn’t let anyone give me too hard a time, and I just enjoyed the whole experience. She was easy to talk to, and she had the coolest lab. All in all, one of the best teachers I had – to take a subject like science and show us how it related to our lives. (Love the new release!)

  • 580
    Norma says:

    Mrs. Fisk, my 5th and 6th grade teacher. She always encouraged me and was a lot of fun. She let me read books that were “beyond” my grade level and let me help her with projects.

  • 581
    Helen F. says:

    Mr. Griffin, an English Lit professor in college inspired my love of reading and writing. I often think of his helpful and encouraging critiques or comments (on written papers~no computers back then). Yeah, I’m THAT old πŸ˜‰
    Great release and fabulous projects once again this month!

  • 582
    Sherry Knight says:

    Mr. Adye was my favorite in grade school. He always believed more in me then I did in myself. He encouraged me to take more difficult classes, because he thought I was capable of a lot.

  • 583
    Terri says:

    Mr. Hunt was the most inspirational teacher because he taught me that I am unique and special even if other girls try to bring me down with their “girl drama”.

  • 584
    conil says:

    My senior class English teacher Mrs. Miller who taught me the love of great literature, the importance of good grammar and how to write a perfect sentence. Things that have served me well over the thousands of years I’ve been alive.

  • 585
    Donna K says:

    Not while in school but now as an adult my most inspirational teacher is my watercolor teacher. I have learned so much from her over the years. She generously shares her talent and tips and is very patient. Whenever I paint I can hear her voice – put down your brush, let the paint do the work, be careful, your color is getting muddy. love my classes with her.

  • 586

    I think one of the most inspirational teachers I have met is Mr. Stephens (he was both of my boys 4th grade teacher). He is a very passionate teacher but also just a lovely human being, teaching kindness and compassion and just overall qualities that any person would love to see.


  • 587
    Kathy V. says:

    It would have to have been my 4th & 5th grade teacher, Miss B.
    She taught us how to read music and we had to sing so she could hear each one of us. And her art projects were awesome! And this was in the days of 1 room country schools, where it was K thru 8th grade with one teacher. And this teacher was just out of a 2 year teaching program.

  • 588
    Lori B says:

    My HS business teacher, Mrs. Brewster. She may not have been my favorite then, but I think back to her no nonsense approach to life now & appreciate it. Her get it done, no excuses attitude she instilled in us still helps me finish up projects when I am ready to quit!

  • 589
    Jo says:

    The minister that married my husband and me. He taught us
    that it’s not a 50/50 arrangement but more like 100% most times
    If you both give when the other needs you will be in a good marriage.

  • 590
    Suzanne Watanabe says:

    Mr. Morikawa, he was a very supportive, encouraging and compassionate 5th grade teacher.

  • 591
    Nicki Scheck says:

    Since I honestly can’t remember many of my teachers, I choose one of my kids’ teachers, Ms. Sherri. She is so phenomenal, patient, and engaging with the young kids, it’s very admirable. She has so much energy, I wish I did too!

  • 592
    Becky says:

    My school teachers was Mrs. Kennah and Mrs. Kline, they helped me with subjects that I had some issues with and never looked down on anyone for needing some extra help. But most of all the best teacher I will ever have is my mother she is a rock and I have learned so much from her.

  • 593
    Karen says:

    The teacher who inspired me the most is the one that asked why I was taking such non-challenging courses my senior year. He said I was capable of so much more… So, instead of taking “gut” courses, I decided to go to an Ivy League college where I graduated summa cum laude!

  • 594
    Jackie says:

    Definitely my high school math teacher, Mr. Rahman. He showed me how incredibly fun and elegant mathematics is, and I went out to study mathematics in college and beyond.

  • 595
    Speanburg4 says:

    Mrs. Gillen, my 2nd grade teacher. She was such a sweet and supportive teacher. She saw the potential in every student. She recommended I be tested for GATE, which helped shape my entire educational experience. She was a dear friend of my dad’s family and the single most influential teacher I ever had!

  • 596
    Christine R says:

    My history teacher in middle school. He made history exciting and taught us to question conventional wisdom and think “big picture” when it came to history and life.

  • 597
    KathyFL57 says:

    My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Johnson. She made each student feel worthy. She especially made the girls feel as though you could be anything you set your mind to.

  • 598
    Elise McKinney says:

    My high school advanced English teacher, Mr. Scott. He always made me feel important. Everything I did in his class was always the best effort I had.

  • 599
    Teresa Blue says:

    Mrs Patterson, my sixth grade teacher was the one who made the biggest impression on me. She was strict and everyone dreaded getting her for a teacher. I learned the most from her. I remember things she taught almost 40 years later.

  • 600
    Melanie Ann MacKenzie says:

    My 1st grade teacher, Miss Nichols, was amazing. She opened up the world of learning and most especially reading which is something I have loved my whole life long. Cheers.

  • 601
    Karen P. says:

    My favorite teacher was Mr. Davis. He was always so kind and easy going. Taught us well. I will never forget the day President Kennedy was shot we were in his class. He did his best to help us keep a calm feeling.

  • 602
    patonslate says:

    My 7th grade teacher would start our social studies lesson with “the story goes like this” and that was the hook that got our attention. I loved history and used her techniques when I teach 7th social studies. Recently, a former student who will be in college, came to visit and told me she convinced her parents she was not a math/science geek. She wanted to be a history geek! That was a complete circle for me. (she wasn’t the only student who fell for history!)

  • 603
    Sonia H says:

    The most inspirational teacher I have ever had was definitely Mrs. Ouellette, who was my home room teacher in Gr. 9, and my English teacher for four years. She taught me about Shakespeare, symbolism, lyricism, and the beauty of expression through words. Through her teachings and readings, I travelled to many places, struggled through many battles, and met many characters who helped shape me into who I am today.

  • 604
    Linda E says:

    Miss Vetro, my 11th grade English teacher, was my favorite. She was just out of college when she came to my all-girls high school and picked out a very meaningful reading curriculum. I still remember all the symbolism in The Great Gatsby and how much she loved Jane Austen! When my daughter looked visited the high school many years later, she still remembered me and asked for family members by name!

  • 605
    Meghan says:

    I remember my 5th grade teacher being pretty amazing. I that was my favourite year at school ever!

  • 606
    Irene S says:

    My high school band instructor was the most inspirational teacher. He was tough but he believed in me when I didn’t believe on myself.

  • 607
    Beth M. says:

    My 4th grade teacher was the only teacher that really made me feel I could do anything.

  • 608
    Janet B from WV says:

    Mrs. Hardman was my teacher for an English elective class my sophomore year in high school & she really made it enjoyable.

  • 609
    Jeannine J. says:

    My favorite teacher was my 5th grade teacher Mrs. McGowan. I loved to read & we had to read books & she would have us give one on one book reports. I enjoyed talking to her about the books I read & she took the time to listen to us individually.

  • 610
    Angela NJ says:

    Since I don’t really remember my teachers, I will instead comment about my daughter’s music teacher. He was practically a kid himself but his complete love of teaching was infectious and it was magical to watch her talent grow with his encouragement and instruction. There is something for every kind of teacher in your life with these products; thanks for helping us celebrate these incredible people!

  • 611
    Heidi Patton says:

    Mr Ingamells, my 8th Grade teacher. He challenged me to be the best I could in all I do, and always had a happy disposition. He was a great role model.

  • 612
    Susan in AK says:

    Mr. Allen, high school history teacher was one of my most inspirational teachers because he taught us to look back at our history and to try not to make the same mistakes over and over again plus that we could do anything we set our minds to.

  • 613

    My eight grade teacher because she was compassionate and demanded the best from us! I’m still in touch with her and she even sang at my wedding.

  • 614
    Jenelle says:

    My middle school chorus teacher, Mr. Hitt, inspired me the most. He encouraged me to start singing solos and participate in competitions. Because of that, I gained more confidence and achieved awards and accomplishments I didn’t know I could. He was an amazing teacher.

  • 615
    Marianne says:

    I don’t think there was any particular teacher who was a big influence, but I do have fond memories of my English and French teachers when I started secondary school. My French teacher had such a wonderful knack for teaching and my English teacher had this wonderful British accent and love of everything British, so maybe he was the one who planted the seed for my decision to study English at university and become a translator.

  • 616
    Shelly Greybeck says:

    Mrs. Love in high school. She was my high school English teacher and she taught me so much more than English, she taught me about life. I’m 45 and I am still friends with her today as she has become an avid writer and traveler and enjoys sharing her love of life with others!

  • 617
    Debbie Babb says:

    It was always any art teacher I ever had.

  • 618
    Michelle says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my music teacher in middle school because she really encouraged me in my singing.

  • 619
    Anne C says:

    My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Marvel. She was the most influential teacher I had when it came to learning the various subjects taught in Elementary School. She was a no-nonsence teacher and I learned a lot from her in how to treat others with respect and fairness.

  • 620
    Marilyn says:

    Mr. Davenport. He asked me if I’d be interested in doing announcements after school while I was in elementary. It really helped with public speaking knowing my voice was being heard over an intercom.

  • 621
    Susan says:

    My Chemistry teacher in high school was awesome. I learned so much from him because he taught us in fun ways. He made a game to learn the Periodic Table. We made dandelion wine in class. After it was done, he said “I need to go to the office for a little bit. Now, I don’t want to see any of you drinking that wine. Understand?” Of course, when he got back it was all gone and he just smiled. He was the best!

  • 622
    Tanja says:

    My english teacher. She encouraged us all to give our best every single day and pushed us just enough to achieve things we didn’t think we could do. She always had faith in every single student and taught us to believe in ourselves.

  • 623
    Denise E says:

    I had the same teacher for 3rd & 4th grades, Mrs. Indermuehle. She taught me my multiplication tables and how to write in cursive and I will never forget her.

  • 624

    Definitely my Pre Algebra teacher Mr. Ferguson, at Castro Valley Middle school in Castro Valley, CA. back in the 80’s. He was the only teacher that took the time to explain Algebra in a way I could understand. Until I got to his class, I felt like no one cared that I couldn’t “get it”.

  • 625
    Colleen F says:

    I adored my 4th grade teacher…she was just the nicest person…frankly I don’t remember much of the year other than I really really like her…she was the first teacher that had a nickname for me…!!

  • 626
    Luanne Ford says:

    My HS Speech teacher. She helped me go to the State Championship in Interpretive Storeytelling, where I placed 5th. She was awesome and totally believed in me.

  • 627
    Shelly says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my kindergarten teacher. I never went to preschool so this whole being away from school and having to sit and learn things was all new to me. She was patient and gave me a good lesson on how to be a good student and I kept that with me through all my school years.

  • 628
    Laurie Hunt says:

    I would say it was Miss Zanni. She was my Spanish teacher and the yearbook advisor. She inspired me by teaching me a lot about leadership. We had a Spanish club and I was president. And I was editor of the yearbook. Both allowed me to learn a lot from her that I was able to use in my future career!

  • 629
    Kathy Roof says:

    My most inspirational teacher in school was Mr. Fish, my high school Spanish teacher. He had a zest for life that was contagious. He made learning fun!

  • 630
    Paula Laird says:

    My mother. She is a voracious reader, grammar nerd, and general lover of learning. She homeschooled me from 3rd grade through high school and I had a great time.

  • 631
    LaFaunB says:

    Dr. Harrison had a passion for his subject that made me love it too!

  • 632

    I would have to say my Foods teacher was the most inspirational to me, as I went on to pursue a career in the baking and culinary industry. She instilled a love of the arts to me, and I think about her every time I make her cinnamon buns!

  • 633

    Sister Rosie … she was inspirational … and had a knack of tapping into her students’ potential like no other! Anita πŸ™‚

  • 634
    Debi says:

    2nd and 3rd grade classes were combined and I had the same 3 teachers for 2 years. It was a great set up and I especially have fond memories of the art projects we did in that classroom.

  • 635
    Lauren Y. says:

    Mrs. Thelma for 3rd grade ran her class room with love, disciple, meditation, encouragement.

  • 636
    Cheryl B. says:

    My high school biology teacher, Dr. Kispert. He was wonderful man and scholar. He was also the scourge of the school! He always expected excellence form us. His test were what I suppose would be considered “story problems”. He expected us to use the knowledge and facts he taught us to solve problems. He would say “This will not be a regurgitation test! I’m not interested in you spitting up what you memorized. I want you to use what you’ve learned!” He prepared me for all the learning that was ahead of me in college and grad school. And once, at a parent-teacher conference, he told my father that I was “a rose amongst a thousand thorns”. Thank you Dr. Kispert for all you did for me.

  • 637
    Marchelle says:

    My 7th grade history teacher Mr. Tenney. He made learning so fun because he made all of us laugh. He was really excited about what he taught (year after year) and made me want to learn about history. It was not one of my favorite subjects until I had his class.

  • 638
    Lisa HR says:

    Mr Saunders, my high school math teacher. He made us work really hard and did not put up with any nonsense. But, he cared about all of us as individuals, was very dedicated, and would do anything it took to make a hard concept make sense.

  • 639
    Kim Badelt says:

    My most vivid memories are of my science teachers – science is where I found my ‘home’ so I was really in tune with lessons and the teachers – and I did go on to pursue science as a career too!

  • 640
    erin says:

    Humm…. I feel like it’s been a constant evolution in the learning of the school of life, everyone has played a role.

  • 641
    Bobby says:

    I’d have to say Ms. Scharman, my 10th and 11th grade English teacher. She made a booklet of quotes, one for each student, and was right on with her choices.

  • 642
    Mutzy Mia says:

    The teacher would be my 7th grade sewing teacher. I remember my parents telling me after a school open house for parents to “listen to that teacher for she is very wise”. Her motto was “Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.” That was over 50 years ago and I still remember it. She was very patient, kind and encouraging.

  • 643
    Tracy L. says:

    My most inspirational teacher would have to be Dr. Guessner. She was my teacher from first to third grade. I was one of the smallest kids in class and she looked out for me. She really encouraged me to keep up with my arts and crafts.

  • 644
    Mitzi says:

    Miss Edna was always kind and encouraged me. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Great release.

  • 645
    Candice says:

    My English teacher, Kathy Carrai, during my freshman year in high school was the most inspiring, supportive, and caring person that I had in school. We are still close friends to this day over 20 years now!

  • 646
    sherah says:

    The teacher that inspired me the most was Mrs Adair from third grade. I so wanted to be like her when I grew up!!!

  • 647
    Julie G. says:

    Mrs. Glover was my high school English teacher. She taught me tto love classic literature.

  • 648
    Julia Aston says:

    Mrs Conley in 1st grade – I couldn’t wait to start school – and she made it all so fun and interesting!

  • 649
    Mary K says:

    I had the same incredible English teacher for 7th, 8th and 9th grade. She prepared me for college and instilled a lifelong love of books and poetry. Thanks, Mizz Rose!

  • 650
    Cynthia Baldwin says:

    Everyone called him Doc Taylor, because he had a doctorate in history, and he was teaching in our high school. He was funny, engaging, and he made the subject interesting! Doc Taylor was my favorite – and most inspirational- teacher. πŸ™‚

  • 651
    Lynda Marquez says:

    Mr. Meyer, my 7th grade Math teacher…he made me pay attention in class, and really sparked my understanding! I went on to skip 8th grade Math due to his vigilance.

  • 652
    Linda Sodano says:

    My kindergarten teacher was the best! I was at home with my stay at home Mom til kindergarten. I was very shy. My teacher was great at getting me to mingle and make friends and get me ready for first grade.

  • 653
    Wendy P says:

    My 12th grade History teacher, Mr. Porter. I hated, or maybe I just didn’t get History, until I was in his class. I went from barely passing to an A. Loved his class.

  • 654
    Bonnie W. (Cardm8kr63) says:

    I think the Teachers that touched my life the most were the Special Ed teachers that worked with my Son.

  • 655
    Kris says:

    My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson. She could control the naughty boys so that us good kids could actually learn something and be rewarded for our good behavior.

  • 656
    Dee in NH says:

    Mrs. Martin…..she let us learn at our own speed and several of us were taking college level classes in sixth grade. She just made everything so interesting and we never got bored or tuned out. It was a great opportunity.

  • 657
    deb pereira says:

    Sr. Esther for sure. Her love of math was phenomenal and she brought that to her classroom and students.

  • 658
    Tiffany says:

    My 10th grade history teacher, Mr. Gruendyk. He would act out some of the lessons. He made history fun and interesting.

  • 659
    Debbie Archer says:

    I really had to think about this because I was fortunate enough to have many inspirational teachers, and it’s difficult to choose just one. My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Caskey, first came to mind. I believe I developed my love of reading because of her. She read from chapter books to the class every day, and I will always remember looking forward to story time.

  • 660
    Mary-Anne V. says:

    My most inspirational teacher was my grade 8 teacher Mrs. Ray. She always expected the best and pushed us to do just that. She really believed that I could accomplish great things.

  • 661
    Anna Dennis says:

    My grade 6 teacher who was also my basketball coach. She was the first one who really took an interest in me and encouraged me to do my best. I was a very shy kid so it meant a lot to have a fun , caring adult believe in me.

  • 662
    Emily M. says:

    My voice teacher throughout high school was such an inspiration to me. It was she who inspired me to go to school for music, and I wanted to be her when I grew up. She always had a kind word for everyone, even when they didn’t have the most impressive voice. She kept her students motivated, and we all adored her.

  • 663
    Carolyn says:

    The most inspirational teacher I had in school was a college professor, Mr. Coyne, who worked with me until I understood some concepts in Finance. He encouraged me and helped me to see that I really could understand something hard if I worked at it instead of giving up.

  • 664
    Suzette says:

    My third grade teacher, Mrs. Ada B. Moore, is the teacher I think of when I look back over my school career. She was a strict, but loving teacher, and I think it was she that inspired my love of reading and books.

  • 665
    ConnieG says:

    My first grade teacher Mrs. Walker was one of the kindest, most gentle and humble teachers I ever had. Funny how you can still remember those types of people – even their names – 50 years later!

  • 666
    StephH says: