In the spirit of back to school season, we asked you to tell us about your favorite teacher and why they inspired you. We received many incredibly thoughtful submissions. Thank you to everyone that participated and shared stories of that one person who impacted their life in a positive, constructive way. Moleskine even contributed to our prize package.
My favorite teacher is Charlotte Washburn. While I had many mentors as a child, Charlotte was a pivotal guide, adviser and trainer for me as a young adult, who taught me that leadership, especially towards other women, can be kind, selfless, loving and respectful. I was her student, under the studies of the woman professional; one that can climb the corporate ladders with dignity, grace, and positive influence, while helping others do the same.
Since being under her tutelage, my own business has been operating for over 9 years, woman owned and women run, mentoring and building up the careers of other young professional females. My job is to be a guiding influence, just as Charlotte Washburn was, and continues to be to me, shaping a generation of creative, beautifully talented, young women who will hopefully share the same ideals with yet another generation.
My favorite teacher is Charlotte Washburn, a woman leader whose extraordinary direction came from the heart, and has created a ripple affect for so many other women after her.
Here are a few of our other favorite entries:
Favorite teacher: Ms. Inge, for calling my eccentricities “creativity” & telling an anxious kid in Alabama, “You can be a writer.” #smartpen
— Michelle Richmond (@michellerichmon) September 1, 2014
— Scott Thigpen (@sthig) September 2, 2014
Finally, from Lisa Bremner Peters:
My teacher taught biology and he noticed I could not spell anything correctly – everyone else let me by with the best I could – he would not accept that since he stated that was not my best – I had to spell everything correctly to pass the class – everything and the amazing part is I did – I love that man still and I am spelling better all the time. He expected more and so I gave him what he expected – he saw something more in me than other teachers and now I teach – I only hope to be 1/2 the teacher he was.
Thank you, again, to everyone who submitted their stories. You’ve really illustrated how one great teacher really can make all the difference.