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To kick off the Campaign for the Common Good, and celebrate the teachers who rock, we're inviting people of all ages to share a story about a teacher who changed their life.

To read about teachers who have made a difference for someone in your area, click the icons on the map below. Below the map, you can also browse all the stories.

Getting Back to Basics

Mrs. Steele my third grade teacher was the inspiration in my life and prepared me for the future. She made you feel confident in yourself but stressed getting back to basics to establish a baseline for future learning. What a lot of schools today lack is teaching the basics and moving away from overemphasizing fun. Teachers could benefit today Read More »

Get out there and Sing

When I was in 9th grade, I had a very inspirational English teacher. As a requirement of our class, we had to break up into groups and choose a story that had gone from book to become a movie or a broadway show. My group chose "The Wizard of Oz". this way years before The Wiz was even a dream. Anyway, I ended up being the Tinman and learned to Read More »

Inspiring Civic Duty and Activism

When I was a sophomore in high school, my history teacher, Mr. Reynolds, offered significant extra credit to students who volunteered on political campaigns. He assigned us to read the platforms of several political parties to figure out which one we most identified with. It was during the election period where Al Gore eventually lost to George Read More »

More than just a Coach and Teacher

The summer after my sophomore year in high school my Dad was killed in an accident. This was of course a huge shock to everyone and at 15 was very difficult for me to deal with. We were in the middle of our softball season and my coach, Denny Johnson, North Scott High School, Eldridge, Iowa, was the most understanding and kind person I could Read More »

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops

I am 22 years old and about to graduate from college with a bachelor's degree in Family Services. I have gone through many teachers and professors throughout my years of schooling and, I must admit, only a few were able to truly impact my life in the long run. These teachers did not simply lecture the students, have us memorize information that we Read More »

What’s Your Button of Motivation?

High school teacher Arnold Schilling impacted my life immensely. Mr. Schilling taught high school english and literature classes. First you need to know that I love to read. My mom instilled in me a love of learning and the incredible ability to imagine yourself within a book. So motivating me to read the things that I love to read was never an Read More »

Mr. Geldbach’s Influence

Mr. Larry Geldbach always cared about his students on a personal level and looked out for their best interests. I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of his compassion.

During my sophomore year, I took Drivers Education and Mr. Geldbach was the instructor. He must have done a great job because at age 37, my mom still tells Read More »

I learned through his encouragement and faith in me

Mr. Charles Cook, a teacher of Auto Body from a technical school displayed to me verbally and through his body language and overall kindness and compassion that I was not only excelling at what I was doing in school but that he believed in me and that I would most definitely succeed due to my attitude, personality and willingness to work hard for Read More »

Sr. Margaret Mary

In my sophomore year in high school, my math teacher was Sr. Margaret Mary. She was a tough nun, but she encouraged me in math. This was the 70s and women weren't in a lot of technical fields. Because of her encouragement in using my math skills, I pursued a degree in computer science. She is deceased now, but I will always remember her words. Read More »

Madame Trottier

Ma belle professuer de francaise, Madame Trottier. Nous avons lu "L'Ecole des Femmes"en ecole secondaire(?SP)..aussi Dante's Inferno(en francaise)..je me souviens que j'ai reveiller en francais. Quelle langue belle...(Pardonnez-moi si ce n'est pas parfait. je suis vielle maintenant et sans oppurtunites de pratiquer.)--Marthe Read More »

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