I was watching an episode of Glee the other day and Mr. Schuester was entrusting the Glee Club to Finn while he was going away to Washington to advocate for the Arts in Schools.  Mr. Schue was explaining to Finn that teachers are important in making the dreams of their students happen.  I agree with Mr. Schue.  To use a metaphor, a teacher holds up a mirror to the student and reflects back to them the goodness, talents and potential that the teacher already sees.  In so doing, the hope is the student will recognize his or her own self-worth and possibilities that lies within themselves.  This is what my 11th grade English teacher, Ms. Petrone, did for me.  I owe who I am today in part to her for helping me see all that was good in me.  This is the power of the teacher!

 

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