Your teachers are the pillars of your success. You owe them for all that you have achieved. Have you thanked a teacher today?
Look back at your school days. Some teachers may be etched in your memory. What did you find unique about them? Did they influence your thinking? A teacher continues to impact a student's life far after the student has graduated. The teacher's influence works on a subconscious level, constantly shaping the personality of the student. As a grownup, you may recall your teacher's inspiration that influenced your mental and spiritual growth.
Teachers Who Shaped Famous Personalities
Perhaps the most famous teacher in history is Anne Sullivan, the teacher who changed Helen Keller from a blind and deaf girl to a strong woman leader. Helen Keller inspired millions of people around the world. Her life is a remarkable story of accomplishment despite great odds.
Oprah Winfrey gives credit to her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan for her success. She said, "For the first time, I wasn't afraid to be smart, and she often stayed after school to work with me." When Winfrey hosted a special show, in which she honored her teacher, she said, "After all these years, I could say thank you to a woman who had a powerful impact on my early life."
Famous black activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attributed his success to the mentoring of Dr. Benjamin Mays, who was a famous civil rights activist of his time. Dr. Mays was the guiding light that created a force called Martin Luther King, Jr., who changed the course of history. Humankind is grateful to this great teacher.
Teacher's Pet, Is That You?
Who wouldn't want to score some brownie points? Everybody wants to be the teacher's pet, but teachers favor only a few. Being a teacher's pet has some perks. For instance, you get chosen for plum roles in school plays or projects. You also get your curricular doubts cleared with your teacher's extra attention. Why, you may even get a glowing recommendation letter from your teacher when you leave school. However, the downside is that you are going to be labeled as the "teacher's pet" by your classmates.
Win your teacher's heart by appreciating her work. Be sincere in your effort, and show interest in your teacher's class. Be prompt in answering questions and work hard on your projects. Your earnestness will win your teacher's heart. On Teacher's Day, avoid expensive gifts. Instead, wish your teacher a happy Teacher's Day with handmade cards. Personalize the card with specific mention about her. When you appreciate her, praise her for her teaching qualities.
Thank Teachers Who Helped You Achieve Your Goals
Did your school coach instruct you on the basics of running? If you are an accomplished athlete today, you owe it to your coach who laid the foundation of your development. Was there a teacher who inspired you to write good essays? You owe her a big "thank you" for having become a professional writer today.
I have not forgotten Mrs. Emma, my eighth grade English teacher, who gave us enormous amount of grammar practice worksheets every day. Back then, I would groan under the burden of homework. Today, I thank her profusely for having improved my writing and editing skills. Had it not been for her persistence, I would have not achieved my goals.
There are many unsung heroes who make our life beautiful. In a broader sense, anybody who inspires and guides you is a teacher. If you are a good learner, you will find the resources to continue learning. To gain knowledge, you need a curious mind. Be willing to change. With an open mind, you can always learn new things.
With these thank you quotes, reach out to your teachers who shaped your life. Show your appreciation, not just on Teacher's Day, but also on other occasions.
When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
William Arthur Ward
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
David O. McKay
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."
I feel a very unusual sensation -- if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
Thank you for leaving us alone but giving us enough attention to boost our egos.
If you say I'm great, thank you very much. But I know what I am. I could be better, man, you know?
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
Alfred North Whitehead
No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.