National Teacher Day is Tuesday: Tell Us About Your Favorite Teacher

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Most adults can credit their work ethic and career choices to teachers who inspired them.

Tuesday marks National Teacher Day, which is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage people to recognize and thank their favorite teachers, past and present.

Nonprofit organiztion Kars4Kids recently surveyed 1,000 American adults to measure how teachers impacted adults and ways adults have expressed their appreciation. The survey found the following:

  • 80 percent of adults recognize that their work ethic, time spent as a volunteer, and career choice was a direct result of teachers who inspired them in the classroom.
  • 78 percent of U.S. adults had an out-of-classroom experience with their teacher enhancing their learning.
  • 61 percent believe that teachers taught them skills outside of the standard curriculum.
  • Nearly three quarters of adults said they would want their children to have the same teachers they did.

In recognition of National Teacher Day, we want to know about your favorite educator. Whether it was your band teacher who encouraged you to continue studying the trombone, or a literature professor who fostered your love for Jane Austen, tell us about your favorite teacher in the comments section below.

(And if you have a photo of you and your favorite teacher, feel free to upload photos in the gallery by clicking "Upload Photos and Video" above.)

Steven Greenburg May 06, 2013 at 10:19 PM
My favorite educator is Frank Bensinger, who was the principal at Forest Edge ES for many years (before recently retiring). Frank was a wonderful principal who always had time for his students, their parents, and his teachers. Frank brought personality and compassion to his profession, and he touched the lives of many every day. I have uploaded a photo of him, above.
FHS STUDENT May 07, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Ms.Metlzer, she used to work at Fairfax High School she helped me pass my writing SOL.
Chris Taylor Moller May 07, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Robert Pruess, 8th grade algebra @ Williamsburg Jr High in Arlington, 1969. My fave teacher of all time.
Freya May 07, 2013 at 12:37 PM
There are good teachers, even great ones AND then there is Mr. Duffy - 5th grade teacher @Waples Mill!!! Don't know where to start BUT first and foremost is his knowledge & passion for teaching. He is serious about spreading the word - - of SCIENCE, that is!!! The building cannot contain his enthusiasm or platform for teaching. One simple motto engages the children every year: TAKE IT OUTSIDE. Fabulous person as well!! Knows how to stimulate interest in topics and esp. reading!!! Hands down, TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!!
John Whitten May 07, 2013 at 05:12 PM
There are so many great teachers, its hard to pick only one. I'd like to tell you about Shabana Syed at the Herndon Montessori School. When you first meet Shabana its a little difficult to figure what to make of her, as she is all at once a Mom, a Teacher, an Administrator, and an avid Advocate for children-- in whatever order is appropriate for the moment! In talking to her, her warmth and caring concern simply radiates from her-- that is, when she's not busy fluttering around the room checking up on her students, interacting with other teachers and parents, answering her email and putting out the daily class newsletter-- or any of the other myriad things she does-- seemingly all at once! And yet she always has a moment for a quick chat, or to address a problem or concern raised in any quarter-- at HMS, she is definitely in her element and in full command of her space, and she runs a tight ship. This is the end of our first year at Herndon Montessori School, though it most certainly will not be our last. Our boys have grown and blossomed under the strong leadership and warm, friendly manner that Shabana and all of the teachers provide to our kids on a daily basis. They are well-mannered and very well behaved, they are both actively engaged in learning and drinking in the world around them. And while they have both had a number of good teachers and adult influences, I'd like to single out Shabana Syed as one of the bright lights on their horizon! Thank you Shabana!
Jeanette Thomas May 08, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Dear Mrs. Solomon - if you're out there - thank you for helping me find my path! I don't even know your first name, because back in 1975-ish teachers didn't have first names, at least not that students ever knew. You were my 6th grade teacher at Hunters Woods ES and instead of yelling at me for writing poetry (when I probably should have been doing math) and surruptitiously reading books under the table, you encouraged my love of literature and even fought for me to be admitted to a GT program. HUGE turning point in my life, though I doubt you ever knew it. Now I'm an English teacher too, hoping that one day I may impact some student's life the way you impacted mine. So many thanks ...!


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