Teacher Appreciations

If you have a teacher who made a difference in your life, perhaps someone who helped you learn and love a subject, you can thank them here for all the world to see. If you know the teacher’s email address we will send him or her a note about your appreciation along with a link to your appreciation. We encourage you to search for your teacher to see if others have already expressed their gratitude. Then you can add your own sentiments.
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Michael McGuire appreciates Miss Derryl Gray, a teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, CA

At first, I didn’t know what to make of Miss Derryl Gray, my English teacher in my junior year of high school. Her teaching persona ranged from unconventionally permissive to strict disciplinarian, and you never knew which one would show up on any given day. My feelings for her ran hot and cold. Winning my heart was the cool hipster lady with the beehive hairdo teaching Bob Dylan lyrics in her poetry class, but who could morph into the old-fashioned prune faced schoolmarm criticizing my unruly

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Greg Barnard appreciates Ms Jean Johnson, a teacher at Waterville-Elysian in Waterville, MN

My father was a coach, so I grew up around athletics and was comfortable on the field and court. However, singing in public was way outside of my comfort zone. But somehow, Ms. Jean Johnson convinced me and some fellow athletes to join the school choir. Ms. Johnson was patient, kind, and had a way to get the best from all of us. Over time, Jean transformed our bunch into a pretty darn good high school choir, which did well in competitions. My senior year, Mr. Royal Myers, another talented

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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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Christine Barnard appreciates Mr Harlan Eernisse, a teacher at Burnsville High School in Burnsville, MN

Mr. Eernisse was one of the best math teachers. In fact, he was one of the best teachers I ever had in high school, and he was my favorite. He helped me tremendously by encouraging me to stretch my goals. Because of him, I doubled up on math courses (who knew you could do that) and I finished my senior year by getting college credit for calculus. Burnsville High School had a large population of students (approximately 2700), but Mr. Eernisse made sure I was not lost in the crowd and I think he

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Steve Millanes appreciates Ms Karen Adams, a teacher at Riverbank High School in Riverbank, CA

Ms. Karen Adams was my high school math teacher. I believe I had her for Trigonometry. While I can't remember much about that class from 24 years ago I do remember how Ms. Adams made me feel. She made me feel like I was an important person in her class and at Riverbank High School. She did this by showing interest in my extracurricular activities as well as treating me like a young adult. I always felt like she was speaking to me as a mentor and not speaking down to me. In doing so, she set an

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

Looking back, I can't believe that Benedetta lent me the school bass and a book to learn over a summer so I could be in jazz band. That simple act of faith in me has led to now decades of playing bass, at churches, night clubs, coffee shops, and enjoying every minute of it. I had the absolute time of my life going to those jazz festivals, enjoying the great music and company of fellow music lovers and it's all thanks to Benedetta. Thanks for being such a great influence and a wonderful teacher!

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Mark Abulencia appreciates Mrs Benedetta Dalbesio, a teacher at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, CA

I’ll never forget when Benedetta approached me after the 5th grade talent show and said she looked forward to having me in band at Sinaloa Middle School the following year! The next 3 years in Concert Band and Jazz Band were life-changing. She inspired me and countless other students to become not only the best musicians we could be, but to strive to be decent humans, too. There are the teachers you remember, the teachers you appreciate, and the teachers that you wanna be like. She’s always been

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Jovana White appreciates Mr Maheu, a teacher at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, CA

Mr. Maheu is a teacher with a big heart (If you have had his class or know him personally that statement will give you a chuckle). He works passionately to teach students the history of our nation. He does not sugar coat anything nor does he disregard important aspects of history that many school systems refuses to teach. He treats all students fairly and pushes us to strive for success. On A.P test day, Mr.Maheu provides us with smarties as a token for taking the time and liberty to study and

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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