07 May, 2014

Teacher's Day

Today's post is slightly off-topic, considering that this is a beauty blog. However, it's not really off-topic since beauty is also from within, and to me, that is true beauty.

Yesterday, May 6, was Teacher's Day in America, but I didn't get a chance to sit down and talk about the one teacher who really had a positive impact on me until today.

I hope that you will read it, because I want everybody to know about this wonderful woman, who was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.

When I was in the 7th grade, I had a teacher named Mrs. Chris McCormick for my English Language Arts class. 7th grade was a very difficult year for me. In fact, life was simply difficult from the 5th grade until I finished the 12th and graduated.

Without going into too much detail, I remember that I was so alone and felt because I simply had no friends during that time in my life. Luckily, I had Mrs. McCormick. She was so kind and warm, and her classroom soon became my refuge. Whenever I was in Mrs. McCormick's class, or in her presence, it always felt like Christmas. Mrs. McCormick taught me how to write creatively, and how to be a more compassionate person through literature.

I remember reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, a story about a boy from the Ozarks, and the projects that we did to understand the characters better. I remember one project asked us to write a short passage from the point of view of the protagonist, which taught me how to put myself in another person's shoes and imagine what it's like to be them. I also remember the daily questions that I had to respond to in my class journal, and Mrs. McCormick would always have a comment for my responses. That taught me to recognize the validity in each person's opinion, what s/he has to say, and respond to them with respect, even if I disagree.

Most important of all, in Mrs. McCormick's class, I felt that I mattered; that my opinion meant something. I think that's what a lot of young people want: to be heard. She didn't treat me as though I was "less than" her just because I was younger, or because I was a student. It was as though she realized that just because I hadn't had as much life experience as she had had, it didn't mean that my feelings were unimportant, which made her so different from the other adults. In the adult world, if you're a child, your feelings, likes, and dislikes could easily be dismissed by your parents. She was an adult who respected my opinions and feelings.

Despite all of the negativity in my life, I still had one thing to look forward to each day: my English Language Arts class. There were so many days when I just wanted to give up, because I felt so lonely, and there was nobody I could ask to defend me, but Mrs. McCormick was the one bright spot in my life.

When I graduated from junior high, I gave my teacher a small, round satin-covered jewelry box that I had filled with potpourri. To this day, I still wish that I had had the money to purchase something to put into that box.

I can go on and on with so many examples on what made Mrs. McCormick a wonderful person, but I will stop here.

Happy Teacher's Day, Mrs. McCormick, wherever you are! I hope that you will come across this post one day.

Have you ever had a teacher or a mentor who changed your life?

6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post! Ms McCormick sounds like a lovely person.

    Thanks for sharing

    Keisha xo
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  3. Beautiful! I can relate to this post as my school years were very tough for me as well. I did have a few teachers that gave me hope and taught me some good lessons. Nothing like Ms. McCormick though. :)
    Such a good idea to reflect on the teachers and other mentors who have been so meaningful in our personal rowth and wisdom.
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    Hilary

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