To this day, if you ask me who my favorite teacher was, I will tell you it was Mrs. Brown, my 5th grade teacher. She made a profound impact on the person I am today, and I am so very glad to say that I have been able to keep in touch with her after all these years!
When Samantha started school a few weeks ago, my thoughts drifted to her having those same types of experiences with her teachers. So far she is LOVING school; she comes home and tells me new stuff she has learned every day. I love to see the spark in her creativity and enthusiasm for learning.
Those of you that are local know that education is a hot topic in this area after the merger of the Memphis City and Shelby County School districts. During this time of uncertainty I thought it was great how the school administrators told us not to worry so much about what we were hearing on the news, because first and foremost, they were there for our kids and they were going to make sure that no matter what, they got the class A education that they deserved.
I was very excited to hear about a new film that will be airing on the CBS network on Friday, September 6th at 8pm/7pm Central called "TEACH." The show is a two hour documentary from Academy Award-winning director David Guggenheim that asks the question: What Does It Take To Be A Great Teacher Today?
The documentary follows the lives of four teachers from different parts of the country for the course of one school year. It gives you a window to see the challenges and demands of the profession but also the rewards of teaching today's youth. For the best teachers, it's not just a job - but a mission. I'd like to think that THAT type of commitment to our children is what is takes to be a great teacher today, but I'm anxious to see what the documentary has to say!
I hope you'll tune in next Friday night to watch along with me! You should also head over to takepart.com/teach to view the trailer and find out more about what you can to keep public education strong, vibrant, and innovative.
QOTD: Do you have a teacher that inspired you? Share your story!