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Lisa_Godwin

Lisa Godwin waited 20 years before telling anyone about a traumatic childhood experience. She credits a first grade teacher and a guidance counselor for helping her cope and eventually overcome this painful episode in her life. Now, as North Carolina's Teacher of the Year, Lisa has found the courage to share her powerful story with educators and parents. She offers wise advice for teachers and…

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At age 14, Victor Rios' best friend is shot and killed. Afterwards, Victor thought, "I am going to end up dead like him or in prison for life." But Victor turns his life around after having a high school technology teacher named, Ms. Russ. He goes on to college, earns a Ph.D. in sociology, and becomes a professor at U.C. Santa Barbara.  

In this podcast episode, Dr. Rios reflects on…

Rachelle Auld

Rachell Auld shares an amazing story about her career path and how it was shaped by Dr. John Rosario from Riverside City College. This story is about finding one's true calling.

Teacher Appreciations

Have you ever wanted to show your appreciation for a teacher that altered your life? Show your appreciation and share your experience with the world!

Rich Yumul appreciates Mrs Benedetta Dalbesio, a teacher at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, CA

I simply have really fond memories of being in her Jazz Band in 7th and 8th grade. It was a lot of fun and she made waking up early and braving morning traffic with my saxophone strapped to the back of my bike worth it. Now that I have kids of my own, I have new appreciation of her ability to motivate and teach music to a bunch of 12 and 13 year olds at 7:30 min the morning. That is straight up magical. Thank you Ms. Dalbesio for being a great teacher!

Joy Pelton appreciates Prof Leon Litwack, a teacher at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

Professor Leon Litwack has received many personal and professional accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize for his history of American slavery's aftermath, "Been in the Storm So Long." My voice of appreciation for him as my teacher joins the resounding chorus. Litwack insisted on teaching introductory history courses for freshmen at Berkeley for over 40 years, a “chore” usually foisted on the most junior members of the faculty. In the late 60s, I was lucky to be one of the 500 students in

Natalie Barnard appreciates Mr Andy Powell, a teacher at Chaska High School in Chaska, MN

The most influential teacher in my life was my high school teacher, Mr. Andy Powell. Before every class, he would spend the first 10-minutes discussing current events. With a warm smile and a light in his eye, Mr. Powell would enthusiastically ask us to share a story that we had read in the newspaper. It was a brilliant way to get us reading, get us talking, and ultimately get us thinking critically. He let us have a voice, gave space for opinions without being wrong or right. He engaged us with

Mike Barnard appreciates Mr Jim Lund, a teacher at Chaska High School in Chaska, MN

Jim Lund was the physics teacher and theater director at Chaska High School while I was a student there. We was a great educator who helped students grow and make discoveries, both artistic and scientific. As a person, I admired his intelligence and his wit. I admired his problem-solving skills. I admired how observant he was and how he listened to people. He pushes people to perform to their potential and at the height of their intelligence.

Michael McGuire appreciates Mr Robert Selinske, a teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, CA

I had a tough time in high school. When I was 17 the Viet Nam war was raging and I in turn raged against the war, a rebel with a cause, deeply disturbed by my country’s engagement in that immoral conflict, and it’s shameful willingness to sacrifice the lives of untold thousands of young men because of some specious domino theory. I was battling wars at home as well. My parents had recently discovered I was gay and an atheist, and their conservative Catholic Republican values were severely

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