Well, it’s happened. I suspect that Mama knew what she was doing when she handed it to me–when she said, “This is a good book! Read this one!”
The Thread That Runs So True details the teaching adventures of a Appalachian teacher in the eastern hills of Kentucky. Really it was rather quick, though unexpected. SURPRISE! There on page 82–kabam! Words describing the influence of a teacher–life changing influence:
“I am firm in my belief that a teacher lives on and on through his students. Good teaching is forever and the and the teacher is immortal.” – Jesse Stuart
To add to this, I stalked my high school art teacher, Leo Sage. I was such a pain in the butt when I was in his class. I thought that I knew everything, and didn’t need to be in his class. I took great pains to be a pain. Now, much like my bully revelation (when I accepted that the younger me was a bully), I realized what a great teacher he was. Mr. Sage had this skill for finding the students who needed the most encouragement, and was a source of strength for them. He could read kids as they walked into his classroom, and more often than not would pull them aside for pick-me-ups. I remember him building up this one kid–and what do you know?! He has his own pottery business now!
I just have really had a great day of education revelations. This teacher is having a Morrie-moment (As in Tuesdays With Morrie–Teacher for Life).