|Rachel Lynette, Redmond Elementary|
That’s me in third grade. You wouldn’t know it from the picture, but at that time in my life I had the self-esteem of a gnat. I was by far the shortest kid in my class. I was years from figuring out all those unwritten social skill rules, and I am pretty sure I had have some kind of undiagnosed learning disorder. They were not too great at picking those up in the 70s. It didn’t help that my handwriting was a mess too.
As a result, I was always struggling. I just didn’t “get” so much of what was taught. Lowest reading group (in first grade I was so low that me and this other kid had to go out in the hall and use a book that came before the basal). I pretty much gave up on spelling. Math was a nightmare – lots of tears there. I was sure I was stupid.
In fourth grade finally started reading fluently and things got a tiny bit better. But it was in fifth grade that my world got dramatically better. In fifth grade, I had Mrs. Klein for a teacher.
Mrs. Klein was a newer teacher – I think it may even have been her first year. She was young and full of enthusiasm. She made learning fun and for the first time, I felt like I could succeed in her classroom. The turning point for me was when I somehow managed to get the very best score in the class on a test on the digestive system. I even got the extra credit points. It was just one test, but Mrs. Klein made it into a really big deal. I remember how proud I felt, and it occurred to me that I might not be stupid after all.
I’ve been lucky enough to have several gifted and inspiring teachers over the years, but I really believe that Mrs. Klein made a significant difference in my world, and for that, I will be forever grateful.
That is my teacher super-hero story. I am sure you have one of your own and I would be honored if you shared it with a comment. I am also sure that many of you who read this are the star of some of your students’ teacher super-hero stories. What amazing work you do.
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First of all, I LOVE your photo. So adorable! But more importantly… wow. What a story. It's so clear the influence Mrs. Klein had- not only on you academically, but how you feel about yourself as a person. I hope she knows how much you cherished her making you feel smart! 🙂 Thanks for linking up!
Carla @ Comprehension Connection says
This just makes me tear up. It reminds me so much of Thank You Mr. Falker and Junkyard Wonders. I'm so glad that Ms. Klein was able to help you and that now, you touch so many lives with your wonderful products. Thank you so much for being such a positive leader with TPT.
Carla @ Comprehension Connection
Im going to post the worst teacher I ever had story. It has a good lesson for us all. I was a quiet kid. Very shy but smart. A girl took a dislike to me and went to that teacher with a long list of wrongs I was supposed to have committed. They ranged from bullying to vandalism. The teacher believed her. She stood me up in the front of the class and listed off all these offences. She yelled at me and I just cried. No one believed me and from that day and for the next 2 years no one would talk to me or give me a chance. One day and my life was changed. That teacher should have investigated, should have got her facts straight and most of all should have spoken to me privately before she humiliated me.