I recently saw this thing on Facebook “The High School Teacher Who Inspired Me.” It got me to thinking about the teachers I’ve had and there’s one that really left the biggest impact on me.
If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you know what PALS is and how much I love it. But to refresh or memory, or to tell newbies, PALS stands for Peer Assistant Leadership Skills. It’s a program—that’s very hard to get into by the way—that gives you leadership skills and communication skills and how to trust people. Something that’s always been difficult for me.
My PALS teacher went from just another teacher to my second mother. She was (and still is) there for me when I’m down. Or when I just need someone to talk to. During lunch I would sit in her classroom, for three reasons. One, I had her class after lunch anyway. Two, I didn’t really go to the cafeteria. And three, it was just so much fun. I would catch up on sleep, help staple stuff to the walls, talk, read, do work from other classes.
Looking back on my high school experience, I don’t know where I’d be without that class and her help. She challenged me, helped me, and made me feel good about myself. She taught me that it was okay to be weird/different. That I wasn’t crazy for not trusting people right off the bat. That I was a good person and that we all had issues.
So this one’s for you! And if y’all have a teacher that helped(s) you, let them know. It’ll make their day.