Mar 16 2010

Let's brag on our teachers!

My son, Alec came home very sad the other day and announced that his teacher (who taught both our boys and is FANTASTIC!) has been layed off, along with 23,000 teachers in California. Thank you so much for praying for them today! Teachers are SO important! Tell us about your favorite teacher. We want to celebrate them today!

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2/28/2010 5:33:55 AM
mattie United States
mattie
my favorite teacher was Carolyn Mounce, she was always so caring with her students. In the 80s when teen pregnancy rates got bad in our town, she fought to get a day care in the high school to keep the teen mom's from dropping out of school, although I wasnt a teen mom my sister was. After I graduated high school, went to work at a nursing home, her mother in law eventually became a resident there. Mrs. Mounce always spoke to me asking about my family and stuff even when she was at the nursing home. She always encouraged me to come out of my shyness, although it never really happened. She was one sweet lady. I think about her often.....
2/28/2010 5:35:10 AM
Robin United States
Robin
I'm very sad for you son. I had a teacher in the 5th grade. Her name is coleen collier. She was always so sweet and kind. She also went to my church. She would always stay after school and help the ones that needed help. Even though she had kids of her own to help with homework. She always thought of her students first before her. She was so very precious.
2/28/2010 5:36:44 AM
Marco Montana United States
Marco Montana
I want to give a prayer to one of my favorite teachers. Her name is Mrs.Shipman one of the best teachers I might ever have.
2/28/2010 5:37:08 AM
jenna matter United States
jenna matter
i dont have i favorite teacher i have 2 one is my 5th grade teacher and the other is my 6th grade teacher ( im in 6th grade know) they r the best they love me and in 5th grade on the last day of school i cried beacuse i was going to miss her SO much... my other favorite teacher i had for math but i moved up in math so i dont have her for anything any more Frown
i love my 2 teachers and i am going to miss them in 7th grade and for the rest of my life they are like my other moms i never had.
2/28/2010 5:38:34 AM
Sam United States
Sam
I am a teacher at a school for students with disabilities. By teaching these kids, it shows me how precious life is, and how each and every day that God gives us is a gift.

When you say, a teacher has touched your heart, what about a student who touches a teacher's heart? I have many students close to my heart, but this week is the one year anniversary of the death of one of my very first students. He will always be in my heart, and he is with me each and everyday.  
2/28/2010 5:40:25 AM
Caitlin Miller United States
Caitlin Miller
I am 11 years old. I go to Legacy Christian School. My favorite teacher is Mr Knapp. He is my Bible and Socil Studies teacher. He has impacted my life so much. the school is moving buildings next year. in order to end the year debt free, they have to wind up with 96,000 dollars. sll the teachers are taking on big buget cuts, because of thier immense love for christ and this school.

regular teachers at public schools get 39,000 dollars. while my teaches get 26,000. anyone who reads this, cna you please pray for me and my school.
2/28/2010 5:40:54 AM
Deanna Delphia United States
Deanna Delphia
I was homeschooled during my 7th and 8th grade years and my mother was my primary teacher. She impacted me because during those years I got into the bible and into God. I also learned alot about my love for science because i love learning about God's creation!
2/28/2010 5:42:25 AM
Carey Schommer United States
Carey Schommer
Hey, I just wanted to tell you guys that I have been homeschooled my whole life, I'm 15, and my mom has been the most amazing and wonderful teacher that God could have ever given me! Not only school, but also spritual. I also want you to know that she has also taugh four other girls older than me and on younger sister and one younger brother. All of us have never gone to school. She has done it all the way from pre-school to Highschool. She is a God given Miracle!
2/28/2010 5:49:42 AM
Sue Lake United States
Sue Lake
My favorite teacher is my husband, Al Lake. Al teaches high school math at Sprague High School in Salem, Oregon. Al is an older than average teacher and got his teaching license when he was 50. He is very positive and encouraging and takes the time to make a connection with as many of the 1750 students as he can at Sprague. He buys granola bars and keeps them in his classroom for the students who are hungry. He provides a safe room for students before and after school where they can gather and can study. He is the advisor for the Outreach Club, a group of students who want to have a positive connection in the community by doing charitable work at Union Gospel Mission, Family Building Blocks, Salvation Army and Operation Love Boxes for Oregon Military members deployed overseas. He even got his chauffeur’s license so he could drive the Outreach Club.
Al is a wonderful teacher and a terrific human being and is very devoted to his students. Al's  saying is, “I don’t teach math, I teach kids.”
2/28/2010 5:52:29 AM
Jennifer Schnell United States
Jennifer Schnell
This happened in our area.  These teachers may have the opportunity to reapply for any open positions that have not been taken by those with more seniority.  You need to find out from your child's teacher if they are reapplying and ask if you can write a letter recommending him/her.  If you think the teacher is really good, you may want to call fellow parents and ask them to write letters as well.  Have them write the letters to the building principals.  Make certain to list specific qualities this teacher possesses that makes them good.  Please share this on air.  This is something that many areas of the country need to know about!  Thank you.  Also, please encourage people to write their congress people to work on fully funding our schools.  Our schools are our future and they are slowly dying.
2/28/2010 5:54:01 AM
Amanda Monie United States
Amanda Monie
I had a teacher in Alsea High School  in my 3 years I was there he was a great person and a great Christian as well when I was in the 12 grade  i was on the Alsea High School Volleyball team and he was the best coach and history teacher even tho the class was boring He same how made it fun. When i grantated form Alsea High School He resign and went to Lebanon to teach there. He made a great impact in my life his name Mr. Brown the best teacher there I miss him after I grantaged .I try call but it puse so here it.  
2/28/2010 5:54:43 AM
Hannah Blauser United States
Hannah Blauser
The teacher that made the most impact on me, my older sister and my entire family is Dr. Clouse. She is quite possibly the smartest person alive. She has doctorate degrees in both Math and Physics and could have any top-dollar job she wanted but she chooses to teach high schoolers. She made math fun, interesting, and easy. We used silly puddy to learn to find volume of irregular shapes in Calculus 2 and in Physics we shot rockets, designed and built tooth bridges, and built robots. Dr. Clouse was more than just a teacher, she was a great friend. God greatly blessed me by giving me such an amazing teacher.
2/28/2010 5:54:48 AM
Amanda Monie United States
Amanda Monie
to add his name is Alan Brown
2/28/2010 5:56:22 AM
Shandy Amon United States
Shandy Amon
My all time Favorite teacher was Mrs Hansen.  I was a sophomore in high school and ended up in independent studies.  She was also a christian, and encouraged me to write about my faith every chance I got.  She always pushed me to work harder.  I had spent years doing what was needed to get by, she pushed me to do more than was needed.  My grades improved from D's and C's (as I said barely getting by) to A's and B's with her encouraging me. She made me believe I could do anything I set my mind to.  My mom ended up going back to school and graduating high school the same year I did also with Mrs Hansen.  
2/28/2010 5:56:57 AM
Christie United States
Christie
I have many favorite teachers including my mother who has influenced me so much that I am a teacher currently. I am proud of the job I do and never worry about the money that comes in because God always provides. I do want to ask for prayer for all schools because the more cuts that happen the more students in the classrooms, more money teachers spend out of pocket and the less health care and monies for teachers. We as teachers work so hard and are never complimented by our employers (the government) we work harder and they take more way and ask for us to do more. THe profession is full of loving, dedicated and the less selfish people I know. Please remember all students as well who will be affected with larger classrooms, less supplies and loss of favorite teachers. God Bless all who work with children, in these times it has difficult days but we stick it out.
2/28/2010 6:01:27 AM
KAREN United States
KAREN
I had a wonderful teacher in highschool, his name was Mr.Wallenberg. He is the reason I stayed in school and eventually had a memorable time in school!  He cared and went out on the limb to fight for me.  He passed away from prostate cancer but I'm sure I'm not the only kid he helped.  God Bless You,Mr.Wallenberg.  
2/28/2010 6:05:06 AM
Lacey Mayer United States
Lacey Mayer
I have had so many good, encouraging teachers, my favorite by far was Gary Lane. He was my 5th grade teacher, he did a very good job at teaching and making sure each child was understanding what it was we needed to learn even if that meant giving up his lunch or prep period. He was probably the funniest teacher in that school, always cracking jokes. I struggled with math and when I recieved my first C ever in that subject he dried my tears and assured me that I could get better at math and sure enough later that month I had improved my grade with some extra help and encouragement. I also had to get braces when I was in his class, the day after I couldn't eat anything and I was in a lot of pain... to make things better he allowed me to eat ice cream for lunch. I am currently in college to become a teacher, I am so thankful that God has called me into this profession because it is so very rewarding and I have many teachers, especially Gary Lane to thank for being such a good influence to me in the education field.
2/28/2010 6:06:39 AM
Barbara Allen United States
Barbara Allen
I am currently teaching third grade in CA.  I was pink slipped this year after 5 years of teaching.  At my site alone, 7 teachers were pink slipped (out of 15 teachers on site).  Our district was nice enough to hand deliver the notices before the March 15th deadline.  We decided to meet as a group and have a "pink" party.  We had pink lemonade with pink frosted cookies on pink tablecloths, napkins, & plates.  We even wore pink to school.  Our staff surprised us with pink decorations in the staff room, a candy bar (dishes of candy & baggies to fill up), and the pink words "We Love You" across the window.  We made an honest effort to support each other and turn a negative into a positive.  Since then, 8 pink slips have been rescinded and some of us got our jobs back for next year.  I was one of the lucky ones.  We still have 40 teachers in our district that do not have a job next year.  These teachers are some of the most hard working and creative people who make a HUGE difference in the lives of our students.  They(along with countless others throughout the state) need our prayers & encouragement at this time.  Thank you so much for acknowledging our struggle today.  We love these students and just want the opportunity to impact their lives in a positive way.  Thank you.  God bless!
2/28/2010 6:07:42 AM
Taylor Nunley United States
Taylor Nunley
I remember Mrs. Sosebee my 7th grade English teacher. She made a big impact, because she never quit on me. But when my mom died that year is when she made the biggest. She took me out to lunch, encouraged, never gave me homework, and always talked to me, she even invited me to live in her home! When all the other teachers didn't understand she did. She even respected me being a christian and encouraged that i read my bible in Class. I miss her a bunch!
2/28/2010 6:19:23 AM
jeff lopresto United States
jeff  lopresto
MY FAVORITE TEACHER WOULD HAVE TO BE MY 6TH GRADE TEACHER(REV.BOB RAY).HE WOULD ALWAYS START THE DAY OFF WITH SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER,FOLLOWED UP THE PLEDGE OF ALIGENCE.HE HAD MADE A MAJOR IMPACT OF THE PERSON I AM TODAY.HE WAS NOT ONLY A TEACHER,BUT A MENTOR AS WELL.I'M A MINISTER,AND BEEN IN THE MINISTRY FOR A LITTLE OVER 20YRS.I ALWAYS REMBER WHAT HE HAS TAUGHT US.
2/28/2010 6:19:36 AM
Debbie Lockwood United States
Debbie Lockwood
In grade school, I had this remarkable music teacher who look past the crazy stubborn preachers kid and took me under his wings. I struggled with music, but wasn't allowed to quite even though I wanted to so badly. I had had a bad day, and called him a couple of things that I shouldn't have, and ended up writing an essay on my behavior. To say the least I wasn't to pleased with this task. Well I ended up writing more than one for the first one wasn't very nice, and when my parents read it, I not only got in trouble again, but had to write another essay. My parents made me give him both essays to teach me that words hurt, no matter if you are saying them, or if they are being said to you. He forgave me, and took extra time with me to bring me up to speed with the other students. I wouldn't say that in 5th grade I was the best clarinet player they had, but i would say that I was remarkably improved. not only was my attitude improved but music and spirit soared. To this day, I remember him. I have no clue where he is now, but I loved him. Mr. Chapman from New Cuyama Elementary School, whereever you are my God continue to bless you.
2/28/2010 6:23:38 AM
Nica Cotroneo Cox United States
Nica Cotroneo Cox
As a teacher for special education at the high school level I am very passionate about the effect the massive budget cuts to CA's education system are having on our youth and the future of CA's workforce.  I've read these wonderful stories about people (teachers) who spend more waking hours with our youth than any other person in their life and I'm saddened and angry that legislators think that increasing class sizes (more student to teacher ratio equates to more teacher lay-offs)is the answer to saving our state.  It has been proven that a student/teacher ratio of 20-25 to 1 is successful at producing citizens prepared to contribute to society, why are they messing with it?  Having parents in CA call their legislators, go to school board meetings and people like KLOVE keeping it in the public ear, maybe we will be able to make a difference.  Another thought....if texting for donations for Haiti can be so profitable, why don't Californians do this for education?
2/28/2010 6:24:07 AM
Kim United States
Kim
I remember on the last day of school, I gave my most favorite teacher a bouquet of roses. It was very difficult for me to say goodbye.  However, she told me to never look back as I left the school halls for summer. I didn't think I could do it, but I did.  I never looked back once.. I was in 1st grade.
Thank you Mrs. Duffy for endless love and encouraging words. I miss you!
2/28/2010 6:26:17 AM
Monica Galloway United States
Monica Galloway
As a teacher of 21 years, I am sad to hear that so many teacher in CA were let go. They will miss those students who make teaching so worth while. Since teaching is a God given profession, those teachers will miss the the chance to give the children the love of learning and being a part of something special. They will miss the eyes that look at them with hope. Hope of the future. Tears will fall from both sides - teachers and students. Let's pray for both.
2/28/2010 6:27:20 AM
Rebecca United States
Rebecca
I have had LOTS of awesome teachers, but the one who stuck in my mind when yall asked about awesome teachers was Mrs. Duncan.  She was my 10th grade Algebra 2 teacher at Cary Christian School.  I was new to the school last year, in 10th grade, and she always asked how I was doing and made me feel so welcome, sometimes when no one else did, wait she still does even though I don't have her as a teacher...she's just that awesome.  She was a great math teacher too, she would always answer my questions and she was constantly encouraging me to do my best.  

Now that I think about it all of my teachers are amazing, and I just want to say that all CCS teachers are awesome teachers and they are making a difference in kids lives every day! =)
2/28/2010 6:31:47 AM
MJ United States
MJ
My favorite teacher would have to be Larry Becker.  We were required to take a P.E. credit (in high school) during either freshman or sophomore year.  I despised the thought - I was very shy and overweight during that time, and very uncomfortable with the whole idea.  I put it off as long as I could (ever the procrastinator lol).  There was a swim class offered my sophomore year, so I decided that since I didn't know how, I would take that class.  Mr. Becker was the teacher and also the swim coach, so most of the class was comprised of the kids on the swim team.  Several of them made fun of me because I couldn't swim and was very socially awkward.  When Coach Becker found out, he made them run laps.  He gave me confidence in myself and spent the time working with me on an individual level, teaching me different strokes and how not to be afraid of the water.  He also was always there with a hug when needed and never afraid to tell it like it is.  I dealt with depression as a teen - to the point of suicide.  But because of his caring and genuine concern, I am still here today. I still can't swim very well, but I knew someone cared.    
2/28/2010 6:34:55 AM
Emmalie Pfankuch United States
Emmalie Pfankuch
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Parker. She was my PE teacher in Junior High and also my volleyball coach. She impacted the lives of every student that she taught. Since my Junior High was a public school she couldn't openly talk about her faith, but they couldn't keep her from shining so brightly for Christ. Everything she did and everything she said showed us how much she loved life and how much she loved each of us. She treated everyone as her own daughter, trying to keep us away from boys and on a straight path. She would always encouraged us to be better than we thought we could be and she helped us to believe in ourselves. During my second year with her as my teacher, she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. Despite the chemotherapy and the pain she was in, she continued to love life and to make the most of it, she even showed us that it was ok to laugh and have fun even when circumstances seem dire. She passed away a few months after a left Junior High, but her life, her legacy, her love, and her faith continues to impact the way I live and I am so thankful that I had the chance to know her.
2/28/2010 6:39:31 AM
Renee form Clearfield Utah United States
Renee form Clearfield Utah
hey guys i wanted to give some praise to my high school home room teacher Mrs. Jackson. She was my home room teacher fo all four years of high school, she put her class needs above her own. She made sure that everyone was on track for grad. and made sure that if we had a plan for college to go for it. She was a great teacher.
2/28/2010 6:40:47 AM
Renee United States
Renee
My favorite teacher(s) are both my music teachers Dr.Vermillion and Mr.Shipton. They both have encouraged me to do better in music and to never give up. They have both had an influence on me and just seeing their upbeat and motivated personality and seeing what a postive influence they have on the student body at my school influenced my decesion to become a music educator.
2/28/2010 6:43:35 AM
Kaitlin King United States
Kaitlin King
Im in the 11th grade. The one teacher that a major impact on my life was my 9th grade freshman scholars teacher Ms. Shaw. She gave me the support to go back to church and get saved. I go to her for anything and she always listened to me and gave me support. I still face problems today but i know that i can go to her and she will help me through my problems. I dont know where i would be today if it werent for her helping me. Before I met her I would come to school high and one time I came to school drunk and I was only 14. I still fight my addictions today but I know that I have help in fighting them. I just wanted to say thank you and I will never forget you and what you have helped me through.
2/28/2010 6:45:50 AM
Angela United States
Angela
I am sure many people are telling stories of wonderful men and women who impacted their lives. Mine may be a bit different, but I hope it blesses other teachers.
When I was in eighth grade the, my step father, whom I loved and loved as though I were his own, passed away. To make it even harder, I found him.  I took this very hard. I began streuggling in school and always wanted to stay home. I has this history teacher who always had a tacky comment when I would return to school. I remember her speaking to me so heartless, and made comments in front of the whole class. Once when I told her I was really having a tough time she told me she knew I would play it up.  Needless to say, I hated history and carried much anger towards her for many years. I became a teacher when I was almost thirty, quitting a wellnpauong corporate job to do so.  Funny thing is, I didn't make that career change until after I had accepted Jesus into my heart now, I am thankful for that 8th grade teacher. Why? Because I know exactly how I don't want to be remembered. My students will tell you that they know they are loved. I make it a point to love and encourage my kids. She made me the teacher I am today and I thank Gid for her now.
2/28/2010 6:46:46 AM
Mandy United States
Mandy
I had a teacher in fifth grade who really inspired me to read. I know that that's what teachers are supposed to do, but she went beyond what my other teachers did. She had music playing and turned the lights off. i can still remember how great an atmosphere it was.
2/28/2010 6:48:14 AM
Danae Phillips United States
Danae Phillips
I'm homeschooled, and my mother is my teacher and I'm thankful for her and I love her so much!
2/28/2010 6:50:34 AM
Amarai Velazquez United States
Amarai Velazquez
This week at my school Western Mennonite School it is spiritual renewal week, and my teacher Mrs.McCabe she had to do Chapel on Monday. So she started chapel with a word of prayer and she is not just a Normal teacher she is very unique than the other teachers that i have in my school. So she prayed her own way and everyone enjoyed it. But her Devotion was on making space for God. She asked questions that touched my heart and i have never in my 3 years of being there i have never had that feeling before. Mrs. McCabe had a bowl of water and she told us if you want to wash your hands that means that you are telling God that you want him to give you a clean heart. So i stood up and walked to the line. After i got my hands "Clean" i walked over my teacher Mrs.McCabe and i looked at her and started Crying i told her that she was the best teacher that i have ever had. And she told me that she really loves me. That is why i take the time of my studys to write this to you guys. Thank you Klove for being on air and putting on awesome music i can hear while i work. You doing an awesome work! Smile
2/28/2010 6:52:04 AM
Cindy United States
Cindy
My daughter has been blessed with awesome teacher after awesome teacher.  It is because of their hard and dedicated work that my daughter has always loved learning.  She is getting ready to graduate high school this year.  Her hope is to pay back to the world the things she has been privledged to know.
It is incredibly sad that our country, especially the states that can make a difference to so many individuals, continues to place education and the teaching careers on the back burners of priority.

(Her education was received on South Dakota where the student to teacher ratio is 15:1.)
2/28/2010 7:00:40 AM
Jordan Marie Murray United States
Jordan Marie Murray
Well I have two teachers.My first teacher is my History Teacher Mr.Stone from Rose Hill High School. The start of my Junior year i lost my little brother who was the whole world to me, and Mr.Stone was there by my side. He let me talk to him about it just so that I wouldn't hold it inside. He also came to the wake of my brother which really made me happy. So I just want to thank him so much for being there for me and that thanks to him I'm holding strong.My second teacher is my Jrotc teacher Colonel from Rome Free Academy. Right after the thing about me loosing my little brother, I moved from Kansas to New York. When I started school there all the teachers had already knew about what happen with my brother and when I first walked into the JROTC, he pulled me aside and told me that if I ever need someone to talk to that he would be there for me. I went to him a lot just to get things off my mind, so i just want to also thank him for all his support and I truly miss him.Both of these teachers never saw me as a different person and thats what means the world to me that even after a horrible thing, I was the same person to them!
2/28/2010 7:02:04 AM
Amarai Velazquez United States
Amarai Velazquez
I want to give the spot light to my teacher Mrs.McCabe. She is the most bravest teacher i ever known. This week my school Western Mennonite, it is spiritual renewal week. On Monday, Mrs.McCabe gave chapel that day and what she was telling us touched my heart. i have never heard more truthful words in a long time. So when she told us to wash our hands in these bowls filled with water. She told us this is your time to clean off what it is in your heart and i went up there. When [i] was done i came up to her she came up to me with open arms and i started to cry. it was so touching.  
2/28/2010 7:02:37 AM
Kaitlyn Gray United States
Kaitlyn Gray
I just want to give praise to two of my teachers. Mr. Beebe and Ms. Hoffman. Mr.Beebe was one of the first teachers I met when I first transferred to my high school as a sophmore. As a senior, I can say that I wouldn't have made it this far without him. not only as a health techer, but as my track coach as well. In the past three years he has helped me push myself not only physically, but emotionally as well. My sophmore year was emootionally rough, and I wouldn't have made it without his help.
  Ms. Hoffman became a teacher at my high school this year. At first I didn't know what to think of her, but now I know that I can go to her whenever I have a problem. My senior year has been full of issues and times where I got so angry I wanted to break a wall with my fist. None of the teachers knew what to do with me. Finally they sent me down to the gym to talk to Ms. Hoffman. She asked me what was wrong and all I could say was "I'm angry" between clenched teeth. She didn't say anything, she just walked to the storage closet and pulled out a tennis raquet and a milk crate of tennis balls. she put the crate on the ground, handed me the raquet, and said "swing away". I instantly felt better and was able to talk about what was bothering me. Now whenever I get mad, I just go down to the gym, and she hands me a tennis ball (on which she wrote "Kaitlyn's De-Stress ball") and waits until I calm down to help me feel better.
   I can honestly say I will miss them both when I graduate this year.
2/28/2010 7:03:45 AM
Emma United States
Emma
Hi! My name is emma and i am 10 years old. My teachers are very great! But, with my ad/hd(a form of dyslexia for math, its hard. Ms. marcia Maust is my favorite teacher because she encoreges me every day to be my best. And she helped me get rid of some of the dyslexia. My second favorite is Mr. krieg knupp. He encorged us, and helped me to be my best. Thanks teachers all around the world!
2/28/2010 7:10:22 AM
Jennifer Ward United States
Jennifer Ward
Im in the 12th grade at South Columbus High School in Tabor City, NC. I have 2 teachers that have touched my heart. They are Melissa Ransom(my Science teacher for 3 years) and Miranda Conner(my Chorus teacher all 4 years in high school). I can always count on them being there when i need them. They are always there for me if I need them. I am having a tough time right now and I know that I can go to school and talk to them and they will give me good advice and make me feel better. When I graduate in a few months I am going to take with me the rest of my life the great advice they give me. They are the reasons I look forward to going to school everyday. They are Christians too and that is great cause they tell me about God. They will always be in my heart and I will never forget them. Its going to be really hard in a few months when I have to leave them and know that Im not going to be able to see them much anymore but like they said I have to keep my faith in God strong and he will guide me through anything in life!
2/28/2010 7:16:01 AM
Wonah Oh Korea
Wonah Oh
Hi, I'm 15 years old, and I want to give thanks for my teachers in Australia. I met them in Covenant Christian College, where I first met Jesus. They helped me and prayed for me so much to get closer to God and accept Jesus as my Saviour. I pray that God bless them forever and ever.
I love you so much and thank you so much, Mrs.Coleman, Mr.Hopwood, Mr.King, Mr.Whiteway, Mr.Butler, Mr. Wormald, Mr.Brian, Mr.Surtees, Mrs.Cain, and Mrs.Lyon.
May God protects them forever.
2/28/2010 7:22:19 AM
Renee United States
Renee
My first grade teacher,Mrs. Quantz,would always be available for hugs from her first graders. In my yearbook at the end of the year, she wrote that she would miss my hugs Smile  
2/28/2010 7:42:03 AM
Amy United States
Amy
I am in 8th grade and, unlike others, am still going through school. Even though I haven't started high school yet, there have been two teachers that have had a great effect on my life.The first was my fifth and sixth grade teacher, Miss Olsen. She was awesome and encouraging and always was there to cheer me up. She was not only a great teacher to me, but also a great friend and we still talk when we see each other in the halls during school. The second is currently my literature/algebra etc. teacher and her name is Miss Murray. She is  exuberant, fun, enjoyable and one of the most awesome teachers I think anybody could ever have. She is a great friend to many of the middle/high schoolers(including me) and is always there to give an extra laugh when the class needs cheering up. These teachers have already had such a great effect in my life and will continue to for a long time. I love them and thank God for putting them in my life.  
2/28/2010 7:45:32 AM
Rebecca United States
Rebecca
My favorite teacher of all times is Mrs. Coulter,  my tenth grade enriched English teacher. She is such a blessing to me, and I will always cherish her. She is so close to my heart I think because she reminds me a lot of my mom, and a good friend. She knows my friends, so when I am having trouble with them, she always stops to listen and give advice. I thank God for all the wonderful teachers out there, and am praying for them all each night. Times are so hard right now on the ones that are the gardeners of our future. If only everybody told the teachers, and not just the radio stations, how great they truly are, think of how much that would lift their day. Teachers are a huge blessing, it is time we let them know that.
2/28/2010 7:46:22 AM
Amy United States
Amy
I am in 8th grade and, unlike others, am still going through school. Even though I haven't started high school yet, there have been two teachers that have had a great effect on my life.The first was my fifth and sixth grade teacher, Miss Olsen. She was awesome and encouraging and always was there to cheer me up. She was not only a great teacher to me, but also a great friend and we still talk when we see each other in the halls during school. The second is currently my literature/algebra etc. teacher and her name is Miss Murray. She is  exuberant, fun, enjoyable and one of the most awesome teachers I think anybody could ever have. She is a great friend to many of the middle/high schoolers(including me) and is always there to give an extra laugh when the class needs cheering up. These teachers have already had such a great effect in my life and will continue to for a long time. I love them and thank God for putting them in my life.  
2/28/2010 7:46:56 AM
Amy United States
Amy
I am in 8th grade and, unlike others, am still going through school. Even though I haven't started high school yet, there have been two teachers that have had a great effect on my life.The first was my fifth and sixth grade teacher, Miss Olsen. She was awesome and encouraging and always was there to cheer me up. She was not only a great teacher to me, but also a great friend and we still talk when we see each other in the halls during school. The second is currently my literature/algebra etc. teacher and her name is Miss Murray. She is  exuberant, fun, enjoyable and one of the most awesome teachers I think anybody could ever have. She is a great friend to many of the middle/high schoolers(including me) and is always there to give an extra laugh when the class needs cheering up. These teachers have already had such a great effect in my life and will continue to for a long time. I love them and thank God for putting them in my life.  
2/28/2010 7:51:55 AM
Sue Hall United States
Sue Hall
I am a California teacher.  The past few years have been incredibly hard and challenging.  Today I had a very discouraging and difficult day.  After school I walked to my car with a heavy heart. When I sat down inside I broke down and cried.  Then I turned on my car and KLOVE immediately came on.  I couldn't believe what I was hearing.  The expressions of praise and appreciation for teachers caused me to cry again, But this time for thanks! Thank you!
2/28/2010 7:53:53 AM
Patricia Seegmiller United States
Patricia Seegmiller
My favorite teacher is my mother.  The year before I began first grade, i went to school with my mother as she was teaching in a one-room rural school in Eastern Kentucky.  Though I was not allowed to participate in the actual classwork, my mother allowed me to sit in the reading groups and I was given a book of my own.  That's where I learned to read, before I started school.  Throughout my life she continued to mentor me and to encourage me to do my best in school.  In high school she critiqued my papers, and guided my in the fine art of writing.  As a Christian, she had a positive influence in the lives of so many children over the many years she taught school.  Today is her 87th birthday, and her precious mind is very feeble and she is physically declining as well.  Still, she remains my favorite teacher of all time!!!!  I love her very much!!!!!
2/28/2010 7:53:56 AM
tinatalena United States
tinatalena
   in 1984 while everything was going well with my life as a pre teen,my parents believed we needed a change so they moved my sister and i to a little town in northren california.  
  it was a good move for everyone but me!
to start off with i had to join in the middle of the school year,i missed all my old friends and nobody seemed like they wanted a friendly little girl with a texas accent to hang around...
   Except for one afro wearing,poem reading teacher! he looked somewhat like the father on the brady bunch,so we thought it was ironic his name was Mr. Grady! He introduced us to all kinds of expierences including panning for gold,sewing an authenic kimono,and drama.. where he cast me as the star of the show! The main thing is he believed in me, and gave a little old hick texas girl a chance to become more,than what the rest of the class saw in her!
   At the end of the year he sadly anounced he would be working in Redding which was 50 miles away. the next year in school was awlful. it was hard to make friends,and i missed him and the way he made everyday fun.. later my family and i moved back to Texas,and i did get the privlage to thank him years later through e-mail!
   I wil never forget him as long as i live..he was very special to me! he gave me the nick-name tinatalena it's why i use it to this day..
    So i wold like to honor  Mr. Dennis Grady (aka Grody Grady) the best teacher ever!!!
                            sincerly
                             tinatalena
2/28/2010 12:58:17 PM
Brian United States
Brian
I am so blessed to have 3 teachers that stand out. First Mrs. Griffin, she taught journalism in El Paso Tx and believed in real journalism and in the students to truly rise to the top. Second, Coach Torres, also English teacher, was a good friend to the team (including me), even though we were a hand full he was faithful. It was Coach Torres that asked me to go to a Young Life Club and that is where I found the Lord in 2001. Last but not least my mom, a teacher of teachers! Now she teaches teachers how to teach at Texas Womens University. She taught me more then I know. What a true blessing to know good teachers who resemble Jesus Christ to all.
2/28/2010 12:58:30 PM
Paula Amershek United States
Paula Amershek
Hi Everyone...  I'm relly sad right now for our Schools laying off so many... The Govt. didn't send money for the last part of school nor do the schools plan to recieve summer school money I am hearing through many school districts.

What happens to our kids that need the support that these special teachers give?  The staff can catch abuse/neglect and help the families

The staff getting laid off cost so much more than just paying the schools and keeping them on!

Please stop by the white house website and kindly as a Christian write our president, state govenors, representives, congressmen... Please gently talk to them and remind them we are praying for them.    We need to be heard as Christians with compassion... they hear enough anger...They need strong Christians...
So many teachers I have met are Strong Christians.. They love their students, They love their jobs...so sad!

I LOVED ALL MY TEACHERS! THEY SHAPED ME!  I had learning disabilities and still struggle..but am stronger because someone cared all through my school edcuation!
God Bless Each of You!!  My prayers are with the nation!
2/28/2010 1:05:18 PM
Kayla Canada
Kayla
I grew up with a highschool art teacher for a dad and a kindergarten teacher for a mom so I've gotten the view from both sides of the desk. I was blessed to go to a Christian elementary school and ended up having the same teacher for Junior and Senior Kindergarten as well as Grade 7 and 8. My class maintained that Mrs. Simpson loved us the most because she stopped teaching kindergarten the year we finished (the following year my mom stepped in and has been there since) and the year we graduated was her last year teaching there. It was such a blessing to have the same teacher for the beginning and end of my elementary schooling. Mrs. Simpson not only heard my dreams of getting a puppy when I was in kindergarten... she heard that same dream in grade 8 Laughing. She chalenged us academically and spiritually. Because my mom taught there at the same time I was often at school before most of the kids and had many oportunities to talk to Mrs. Simpson as she prepared for the day. She was the type of teacher who you could have thought-provoking conversations with, but still be able to joke around as well. Her dedication to our class was amazing! The day of our graduation she found out that her dad had just passed away. She went through our entire ceremony without any of us knowing. Before the reception the grads were asked to pose for a picture with Mrs. Simpson which was out of the ordinary, but none of us thought anything of it. Afterwards the principal came forward and delivered the news. Our hearts broke for her as we had just heard a few weeks earlier while on our class trip that he was not doing well. She could have had another teacher do the ceremony in her place, but her dedication and love for our class ruled that out. How she managed to love us so much after some of those days I don't know, but I am so blessed to have had her as a teacher for 4 years. I learned a lot from her not only academically but also spiritually. There is one thing I don't think I will ever agree with her on though... it is most definitely ok to wear black hoodies and hate wearing skirts & dresses. Laughing haha
2/28/2010 1:20:03 PM
Bethany United States
Bethany
I have been blessed with awesome teachers through my school years and one of them was my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Auchterlonie. She was awesome. She was alwaysa nice to me and never was mean. She would always remind me and the class to doour best and if we did, we would succeed and go far. I am now almost done with college and it was all because she encouraged me to go far.

She is now retired but I will always remember her and what she did for me.  
2/28/2010 1:20:44 PM
Mandy United States
Mandy
My favorite teacher, by far, is my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Neufelder.  She was so kind, and gentle, and never ever hesitated to share parts of herself with the class - this included her faith.  Of course, we were in a Catholic school, and she was Catholic, so this was ok! She taught math and religion, among other things - but more important, she taught me the power of prayer, love for each other, and the love of our God for us.  She taught me that faith can and will overcome all things.

I remember one day she sat down with the class and had a very frank discussion with us.  She let us know that years prior to that, that she had been diagnosed with leukemia, and that she had gone in to remission.  She told us that she believed that prayer had helped her.  The doctors had only given her something like 5 years to live - "and that was 7 years ago" she said with a smile.  

She also was the liturgy director of the church which the school was attached to, and she involved us in that, too!  She hand made banners and other deocrations to be used in the church.  A lot of time, effort, and passion - yes, passion, went in to her work there.  She once decided to teach me, along with a few other girls from my class a liturgical dance.  We performed the dance during one of the school's masses.  I don't remember the name of the song, but I find myself singing it every now and then ("Ruah, Ruah...breath of God within us"...beautiful).  

I think of her often.  She played such an enormous role in my young life.  I don't know if she knew that she had made such a difference to me - so imagine my suprise when I received a phone call (as a freshman in college!) from an old school mate.  Mrs. Neufelder's cancer was back.  She didn't have much time.  She had but one request of me (request of me?!  I didn't think she'd even remember me!)...she wanted all of "her girls" back to do the dance we'd learned so long ago at her funeral mass.  Of course, I couldn't say no.

All of us gathered for that funeral mass just a few days later.  We danced for her.  We danced for God.  I'm happy that I could give back just a little to her.  

Thank you, Mrs. Neufelder for teaching me. Thank you for showing me, through your actions how to be a servant of faith.
2/28/2010 1:34:54 PM
Michelle United States
Michelle
I was so priviledged to be able to attend Christian School and have such wonderful teachers all the way through. But 3 in particular come to mind. Mr.Kretzmann was my 5th and 6th grade teacher. After I finished those grades and went on to 7th he left our school to go start Sacramento Lutheran where I ended up attending high school. He was a big part in the running of that school for quite a few years. It's because of him and others that I have such great memories of high school. Then there was Mr. Wolter my high school history teacher. He was definitely not what you would think of when you think of a high school history teacher. He was a lot of fun. Every year before we would break for Christmas he would do a history of Rock and Roll music lesson for the last week or so before break. There would still be homework and stuff to learn from it but we could also have fun with the music in class too. He definitely made learning fun. Last but definitely not least was Miss Clark my high school English teacher. She started teaching at my high school my freshman year. She definitely had a fun way of teaching us. When she was planning to take another job back where she was from she made sure she stayed to see my class graduate because we were the only class she had all the way through. That was pretty special. There are so many memories to this day. These teachers definitely did not make learning boring. Them along with all my other teachers gave a good Christian example to us all. The Lord truly blessed me with education I got.
2/28/2010 1:54:36 PM
Mary Lin United States
Mary Lin
My first year as a teacher was last year, and I taught 7th-8th grade Social Studies in Sulphur, LA. I faced the same thing these teachers are facing when our parish, because of budget cuts, had to cut 80+ teachers. Because all of the Social Studies teachers at my school were certified, and I was the newest, I lost my job. But God used it for good. I had a really tough time finding another job because most of the positions wanted someone who could coach, and I could not. I went ahead and applied for grad school because I've wanted to get my Master's in Gifted and Talented Education for a long time (the influence of several of my teachers over the years!), and I thought that while I was single with no children, it would be a good time to do it. Long story short, I got my acceptance letter to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on August 24th and had to be there for class by August 27th. While I was on the way up there, my advisor called and told me that I'd been accepted for a graduate assistant position, which payed my tuition and a stipend for expenses! God worked my jobless situation out for good, and I am loving every minute of grad school!

So, I want to encourage all of the teachers who are facing this. You may not be able to see how God is working, but He is. He has a plan and will work everything out for good!
2/28/2010 2:14:57 PM
Amy Hottinger United States
Amy Hottinger
When I was in public school Mrs. Hopkins was my favorite teacher.I am homeschooled now and my mother is my teacher and I'm thankful for her and I love her so much!
2/28/2010 2:15:33 PM
Krystle United States
Krystle
My favorite teacher was my high school choir teacher. I came into high school not willing to sing a note, but by the time I graduated, I had the lead in the school musical and went on to become a teacher with a music minor as well! I have just completed my first year of teaching, and have received my pink slip. Please pray for me, as well as the rest of the nation's teachers and students.
2/28/2010 2:39:21 PM
Audrey United States
Audrey
I'm a student in Suburban Chicago, where our school district alone is laying off almost 400 teachers. My school will sadly be loosing 59 of these wonderful individuals. This year, after being miserable on the cheerleading team, I left the squad and joined the wrestling team (as a female). No girl had ever joined the team before and my coming into the sport was a huge upset. I was hated by many. Everyone, even the coaches said I couldn't make it through the season. Then Mr. Prado, a new teacher came to coach at the school. I had been determined to make it through the season but I was growing weary and unsure of myself. He boosted the team morale and made us proud to be representing our school for the first time. Prado treated me with respect and dignity. He has always been patient, kind, and loving. He's like the father I never had. With his love and care, I have a bright future in sight. He found out yesterday that he was laid off and flushed out for next year. I pray that God will send a miracle to rehire Mr. Prado back in the district.
2/28/2010 3:36:22 PM
Ellese United States
Ellese
It means the world to know that so many of you are praying for the teachers here in CA!  Thank you! Thank You! Thank you!

My husband and I are both teachers in the Chico area and unfortunately both of us were pink slipped this past week.  I have poured my heart and soul into my school for the past seven years and it is heart breaking.  We are struggling to deal with the reality of this.  However, we have Jesus, our faith and the wonderful people surrounding us to help pull us through.  

Your words of encouragement are touching and heartfelt and you can never know how much we appreciate it!  Please continue the prayers and positive thoughts.  Jesus will prevail and eyes will be opened.  
2/28/2010 5:17:57 PM
Miranda United States
Miranda
My favorite teacher is my ninth grade english teacher. He became like an uncle to me. He went to my church, and he became a very positive person in my life. Justin Carey is an amazing teacher and I'd hate to see him leave. He's wonderful in every way. I love him to death and he's made such a huge impact on my life as I'm sure he's done with many other students. Thank you Mr. Carey for your support and care through these past years, in my education and my walk with God!
2/28/2010 5:55:26 PM
Caleb United States
Caleb
    Let us pray that Christ be put back in our schools!!!   One nation under God.   Without him there is no justice and liberty for all!!!   All students need Jesus Christ!!!    YOu can get a careeer with education but you cn not keep it without character!!   Character comes from Jesus!!   Let us pray that secx education will be dismissed from our schools but that social classes take the place!!!   WE young man need to treat women as women not a modle off of TV!!   And women need to dress modestly and know that God made each one of the beautifull and wonderfully!!!   Each one of us is a master piece of heart!!!   There  is only one you in the universe!!!
2/28/2010 6:09:16 PM
Caleb United States
Caleb
  I was home schooled by my parents until the 9'th grade!!!     My father taught me and my  younger sister science!!!   It was so much fun making bottle rockets!!! He also taught math!!!   He was and is good!!!    My mother taught me Everything else!!!     Every morning  she would have a ten minute bible study!!!    She  prayed,  read a scripture, and then gave us a page to color and we sang worship songs!!!   I love my parents!   Then I went to our felloship's private school were i got disaplined  deeper in the  Kingdome of God!!!      I was the reject but they stilled loved me!!!    All teachers are vonlunteers and do not get payed a penny!!!!   They just want to love all the students from PreK -  12'th grade!!   They show God's love to every child and there is not teacher;s pet in any of the classes!!!   For every students is loved the same!!!!    They gave me God and a education!!!   What a blessing!!  I graduated from there three years ago!!!     I will always be proud of my parents for ginving me God and then putting me in a real Godly school to graduate!!!   I  still love them all!!!  I am twetny -0ne years old and am in my second semester at Panola Collage!!  I am staying there!!   God blessed me with all Cristian teachers!!!   I love all of them and all of the secretaries!!!!  I get smiles and love from them all!!!!   God is soooo good and faithfull!!!!!   As a student I want to thank all teachers for giving  up your lives to serve and love us!!!!    Do not let go of your faith!!    Just live it the way you can!!!    For with all the sex education that we are taught we need Jesus Crist!!!   THANKYOU ALL!!!    GOD LOVES YOU!!!
2/28/2010 7:09:03 PM
man shirt t versace United States
man shirt t versace
So they are doing it! Cutting costs by means of firing teachers! It's very sad, as there are many other ways to reduce expenses on education.
3/1/2010 4:22:39 AM
Jessie Ice United States
Jessie Ice
My name is Mrs. Ice and I teach 3rd grade at North Christian School in Parkersburg, WV. I just wanted to thank you, KLOVE, for your ministry. When our class has our morning "brain break," bathroom break, free time, etc. KLOVE is playing in the background. It's so uplifting to listen to my 8 and 9 year olds singing along with the songs you play. Thank you!
3/1/2010 6:41:16 AM
Camryn Tuck United States
Camryn Tuck
My favrite teacher is my MOM. She is very nice.
When i have a rough day she helps me.She is also very awesome. When she brooke her foot it didn't stop her. She teaches K-5. Even though i am in third grade doesn't mean she can't help me out.
She helps me even it means she has to work she still has time to play. When we are sick she stays home even if it is a school day. she even takes care of us if we have the flu and she'll get sick withus. She is a very encouriging person.
She helps me and my famliy out alot!!!!
3/1/2010 6:50:38 AM
Joshua United States
Joshua
From 5th-8th Grade I lived in AZ, and in Jr. High one day I came to class after going to my doctor's, I told my teacher, her name was Sylvia Proulx, about what my doctor said, and she actually suggested something, so I thought about it all through High School, and I decided to pursue that in College.

My original dream for life was to be a ... See Morefootball player, but my Neuro-surgeon said that I could never play football. Then my teacher said, "Why don't you try and become a Sports Commentator?" I thought about it all through High school, and that's what I'm pursuing in college. I'm currently a Junior, and I'm currently at a Community College in KCMO. My ultimate goal is to become the next John Madden.
3/1/2010 9:20:43 AM
Katie Tuck United States
Katie Tuck
My favorite teacher is my 6th grade LA (Language Arts) teacher, Mrs. McIver-Yellock. She is a very inspirational woman. She is a teacher, and is now a minister, teacher, and parent. And if that saounds bad, her kids are under 3 and she has twins, both born premature. They have had somewhere around 8 heart surgeries, and when they had their first one, their hearts where the size of a thumbnail. When her daughter was in surgery the docters clipped her vocal chords. They said she would never talk or eat on her own. Mrs. Yellock told them okay, and never once freaked out. She taught her daughter how to eat, talk and be a functioning piece of society. Her daughter was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She was told her daughter would never walk. Her daughter can run like lightining! She has faith in a God who loves, and isn't afraid to show it. I can tell that Jesus is working in her heart and she is truely blessed. God is Love, Katie Tuck
3/1/2010 9:37:14 AM
Ellen United States
Ellen
My favorite teacher was my fifth grade teacher, Misses Penny Sunderland.  She encouraged me to keep serving God,and to do whatever it is in life that he would have me to do.
  Now,I am twenty-seven years old. I am working on getting an Associates  degree in Biblical Studies. Originally, I considered a degree in Elementary Education,but decided that I rather do something else,so I switched majors.  I would like to be a Bible teacher someday,at a Christian school. I really enjoy the Bible, it tells us so many great things about God,and his love for us, his death on the cross as an atonement for our sin,his burial, and resurrection,and that he is coming again in his timing. I am married to a Christian man,named Nathanael (27 years old) who supports me,and have a son named Eric, who is 18 months old.  I attend a local Bible believing church. I am thankful for my godly pastor too!
    
3/1/2010 2:51:19 PM
Ellen United States
Ellen
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Penny Sunderland. She was my fifth grade teacher. She encouraged me to keep reading the Bible,and serving God. She taught me the importance of applying Bible verses that I memorize to my life.
    I originally considered getting a degree in Elementary Education. I decided I rather be a Bible teacher in a Christian School someday,so I switched to pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies. I am twenty-seven,married to a sweet,twenty-seven year old,named Nathanael,who will turn twenty-eight this May. My husband, Nathanael and I have a son,named Eric who is 18 months old.  
    
3/1/2010 6:00:47 PM
Grace D. United States
Grace D.
My favorite teacher is God. He has taught me so much! I am young but he has I always made me a better person by the second. That's why I listen to K-Love (to praise him for what he's done for me.)
3/3/2010 4:12:00 AM
Brooke H. United States
Brooke H.
I ACTUALLY HAVE 2 TEACHERS TWO BRAG ABOUT.I`M IN 4th GRADE BUT I LIKE TO VISIT MY 3rd GRADE TEACHER (MISS FAST) AND I LOVE HER.SHE`S ALLWAYS NICE TO ME AND SHE IS very VERY FUNNY! NOW FOR MRS.LEWIS. SHE IS MY 4th GRADE TEACHER.SHE`S ALLWAYS FAIR. WHENEVER I LEAVE THE CLASS ROOM SHE`LL SAY,"GOOD -BYE HONEY" OR "GOOD-BYE SWEATHEART." SHE ALWAYS MAKES ME FEEL SPECIAL....ALLRIGHT,SO DOES MISS FAST.
5/7/2010 12:17:50 AM
Brandy United States
Brandy
When I was in high school I had the same English teacher all 4 years.  At the end of my senior year I gave him at gift certificate to go out to eat.
9/29/2010 1:23:22 PM
Kecia Friesen United States
Kecia Friesen
I have worked with a lot of great teachers in the last year and half, since being hired by Kings Canyon Unified in Reedley, Ca.  They have such heart for their students and want to help the students succeed.  I wish the state would allow the teachers to be more creative and allow the kids to explore their interests to make learning fun again.  
9/29/2010 7:07:34 PM
Sheryl Hayes United States
Sheryl Hayes
No one in my family had gone to college.  My dad immigrated here from Poland on his own as a teenager and my mom never graduated from high school.  I went to a lower middle class high school.  Most of the other kids were like me with no hope or experiences that would give us any reason to think that college was a possibility.  Nevertheless, I graduated 2nd in my class.  During my senior year, my teachers led me to fulfill all of the requirements for a full academic scholarship.  My teachers gave me the self-confidence that allowed me to apply and the technical guidance on how to do it!  I went on to get an Associates and then Bachelor's degree and started working on my MBA before I decided to end my school career to work full time and start a family.  I can't express how thankful I am to have had so many caring, wonderful teachers in high school (and it was several great teachers in our small school, not just one).  They made learning exciting and fun and they gave me self-confidence.   Most of all, they really cared about me and the other kids in our school.
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