We've all seen movies or read books about great teachers--men and women who inspire their students to great achievements or show the extra bit of caring that makes a difference for a struggling child. You know, the type who put themselves on the line and cause kids to want to stand on their desks a la "Dead Poets Society?"
I was lucky to have a few teachers like that. There was Mrs. Ziebert, my grade school music teacher, who recognized my love of performing and took me under her wing when many of the other kids thought I was weird. My senior AP English teacher, Mrs. Adams, created an atmosphere of real critical thinking; I still remember all of the deep, satisfying discussions we had about books in her class. And I pulled more all-nighters studying for Mr. Lamb's Genetics and Human Anatomy classes than I ever did in college.
Then there was the evening when I stayed after play practice to make some script copies. It must have been about 10 p.m. when I walked into the teacher's lounge to find Mr. Lamb sitting there, poring over some books. I asked what he was doing, and he said one of his students had been having some health symptoms and her doctors weren't sure what was wrong. He was looking through his medical books to see if he could help uncover some new information.
How is *that* for an awesome teacher?!
What about you? If you're a teen, do you have a teacher you especially love? If you're older, do you remember any awesome teachers from high school? Tell us about them!